Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Rolling Stone Author Michael Hastings: McChrystal Knew Comments Were On the Record - Political Hotsheet - CBS News

Rolling Stone Author Michael Hastings: McChrystal Knew Comments Were On the Record - Political Hotsheet - CBS News

Michael Hastings, the author of the Rolling Stone profile that has put the job of the top military general in Afghanistan in jeopardy, said in an interview with CNN Tuesday afternoon that "it was all very clear it was on the record."

"I had a tape recorder and a notepad in my hand most of the time," he said. Speaking from Kandahar, Hastings added that "there were parts that were off the record that I didn't use."

Hastings said he heard from Gen. Stanley McChrystal's team that there were "fear and concern about parts of the story" before it came out, and that he believed that McChrystal's risk-taking nature resulted in his taking the "calculated risk" of giving a Rolling Stone reporter such access to his inner circle.

Hastings said he was "completely taken aback" by some of the strong comments offered about members of the administration.

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