Plausible Deniability

“Admit nothing, deny everything, and make counter-accusations.”

Plausible deniability is the concept described as avoiding culpability or accountability for the actions of one’s subordinates by deliberately avoiding knowledge of said actions, particularly when those actions could be considered illegal or immoral.

A prime example of plausible deniability is the Iran-Contra affair, in which National Security Advisor John Poindexter allocated funds for clandestine operations without the approval of congress and without the knowledge of President Ronald Reagan.

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