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McClatchy reporter stumps Jay Carney on Obama insider spying story

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White House Press Secretary Jay Carney dismissed McClatchy reporter Anita Kumar Wednesday afternoon after she asked a question about the Insider Threat Program – a program encouraging government workers to spy on each other to prevent national security leaks.

“I confess that I did not read go read the McClatchy story,” Carney stated, referring to the high-profile article published Monday night about the program. “I promise that I will do that and have some sort of response to you.”

When pressed by Kumar, Carney continued to make excuses about failing to read the story.

“You’re asking me to respond – to comment on a program that I just haven’t spent a lot of time reading about,” he added.

“She stumped you!” a fellow reporter blurted out to Carney.

“She stumped me. She got me,” Carney admitted with a grin.

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