19 January 2012
I published a letter that I received from Congressman Todd Akin's office. Mr. Akin is on the House Armed Services Committee. According to Mr. Akin's office, HASC received the letter from the Joint Chiefs of Staff. After I published the letter, I read an email to me from a Public Affairs Officer at JCS saying JCS didn't author the letter.
Curiouser and Curiouser.
And so just now I contacted a staffer at Congressman Akin's office who responds:
"The memo in question was originally provided to the HASC by the Joint Staff, with no signatures and no indication that it had come from anywhere but the Joint Staff."
“This week, after questioning, the Joint Staff indicated that they were not the original source of the document. Initially they indicated it was a CENTCOM document (which is how Congressman Akin referred to it in his letter).
"On Tuesday, we were told that the memo actually originated with the Army."