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Breaking: Clinton Makes Vague Remarks in the General Direction of Twitter

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, June 17 2009

Hillary Clinton was asked by reporters today about the outreach from within her State Department to Twitter.

According to the report from Agence France-Presse, the Secretary of State replied to the question with generic filler diplo-speak about the importance of free speech and the like. "The United States believes passionately and strongly in the basic principle of free expression," she said. She continued, "And it is the case that one of the means of expression, the use of Twitter is a very important one, not only to the Iranian people but now increasingly to people around the world, and most particularly to young people." Clinton got laughs, noted the AFP, by adding, "I wouldn't know a twitter [sic] from a tweeter."

We talked earlier today about how the framing of this undeniably interesting intersection of the State Department, Twitter, and Iran hasn't exactly been nuanced. That thesis isn't exactly diminished by the pointed headline AFP is running atop Clinton's ambiguous remarks: "Clinton Says Twitter Is Important for Iranian Free Speech."