Reply: Glomar Response
Within the early 1970s, the Central Intelligence Company commissioned the development of the USNS Hughes Glomar Explorer—seen right here—a big salvage vessel, which had the categorical and clandestine objective of recovering the stays of a Soviet submarine. Whereas the official cowl story for the vessel was that it was a business vessel engaged in undersea mining, the fact was that it was tasked with retrieving a sunken 2,700 lengthy ton (2,743 tonne) when submerged, 330 foot (100 meter) lengthy, Golf-II class ballistic missile submarine (Okay-129, hull quantity 722) from the Soviet Pacific Fleet, 1,560 miles (2,890 kilometers) northwest of Oahu, Hawaii and resting three miles (four.eight kilometers) beneath the floor on the ocean ground. The endeavor, known as Undertaking Azorian, was capable of recuperate a part of the submarine.
In 1975, the CIA caught wind of a narrative brewing on the Los Angeles Instances and tried to cease the publication of the article. Journalist Harriet Ann Phillippi put in a Freedom of Data Act request concerning the mission. The CIA counsel responded to the request with the assertion: “We are able to neither verify nor deny the existence of the data requested however, hypothetically, if such information have been to exist, the subject material could be categorized, and couldn’t be disclosed.”
Since then, the overall intent of the assertion “We are able to neither verify nor deny…” has been often utilized by authorities spokespeople and is now referred to as the “Glomar response” in reference to the investigative case wherein it was first used. The Glomar response even made a tongue-in-cheek look in 2014 when the CIA opened their official Twitter account by tweeting “We are able to neither verify nor deny that that is our first tweet.”