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Jay Carney denies charge of 'most secretive' White House

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White House press secretary Jay Carney pushed back on suggestions that the Obama administration is the most secretive in history calling that characterization “wrong.”

In an interview aired Sunday on ABC's “This Week,” Carney said that as a former reporter he understood why the press would “never be satisfied” with the amount of information shared by the White House. But he insisted that the Obama administration was more open than critics claim and took efforts to provide access to reporters.

New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson in an interview with al Jazeera said the Obama administration was “the most secretive White House” she had ever dealt with.

“I dealt directly with the Bush White House when they had concerns that stories we were about to run put the national security under threat. But, you know, they were not pursuing criminal leak investigations. The Obama administration has had seven criminal leak investigations. That is more than twice the number of any previous administration in our history,” said Abramson.

“I strongly disagree with that statement,” said Carney in response. “I know from experience that it's wrong.

"We provide an extraordinary amount of information and access to reporters,” he added. “And we work every day to provide more.”

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