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    Pentagon Finishes Review of Austin’s Failure to Tell Biden and Other Leaders About His Cancer

    Pentagon Finishes Review of Austin's Failure to Tell Biden and Other Leaders About His Cancer

    — The Pentagon has completed its review of Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin ‘s failure last month to quickly notify the president and other senior leaders about his hospitalization for complications from prostate cancer and how the notification process can be improved, but no other details were provided.

    The 30-day review was submitted to Austin on Thursday.

    Maj. Gen. Pat Ryder, the Pentagon press secretary, said portions of the review are classified but the department will release what it can of the review.

    Austin has been scrutinized for keeping secret his prostate cancer diagnosis in early December, his surgery and his hospitalization on Jan. 1, when he began suffering complications from the procedure.

    Ryder has acknowledged that he and other public affairs and defense aides were told on Jan. 2, that Austin had been hospitalized but did not make it public and did not tell the service leaders or the National Security Council until Jan. 4. Only then did President Joe Biden find out.

    It took another four days before the reason for his hospitalization was disclosed.

    And while he transferred decision-making authorities to Deputy Secretary Kathleen Hicks during his initial surgery on Dec. 22, and then again when he was in intensive care in early January, he did not tell her why.

    The review was directed on Jan. 8, by Austin's chief of staff, Kelly Magsamen, and was done by Jennifer Walsh, the Pentagon's director of…

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