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Admit nothing, deny everything...

Posted by Brian from Shawnee on February 26, 2009 at 15:01

In Reply to: Admit nothing, deny everything... posted by Fred on February 26, 2009 at 07:14:

: I was wondering about the origin of the phrase "Admit nothing, deny everything, make counter accusations." I've also seen it with "demand proof". Some places say this originated in the CIA, others say FBI. Anyone know for sure?

A New York Times article from 1987 quotes a person as saying he met someone in Nicaragua who bought a baseball cap with that slogan on it, at the CIA gift shop in Langley, Virginia. Another source on the web, from 2004, says you can buy a t-shirt at the same gift shop with that slogan on it.

If CIA headquarters has a tourist gift shop featuring trinkets with wacky tongue-in-cheek slogans, then there's your answer. Their official website doesn't have a page for a gift shop.

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