US audit office denies JSF claims

The US government’s audit office has denied that it advised a Dutch parliamentary delegation to delay making a decision about buying the joint strike fighter jet last week, the Volkskrant reports.

Two MPs on the delegation told reporters that the audit office had said it was too risky to make a decision about buying the JSF at this point.
The Volkskrant reports that the office’s Mike Sullivan has written to MPs saying ‘I did not advise the Dutch to delay taking a decision on the JSF and I am not in a position to advice the Dutch government about this or any other subject.’
But Socialist MP Krista van Velzen told the paper she believed political games are being played. ‘I wrote in my notes ‘too risky to buy now’ [in English] and ‘fly before you buy’, Van Velzen said.
The US audit office is to publish its own official report on the JSF project next month, the Volkskrant says.

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