Did Romney break cone of silence?

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney walks out of 10 Downing Street after meeting with British Prime Minister David Cameron in London, Thursday, July 26, 2012. AP Photo/Charles Dharapak

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney walks out of 10 Downing Street after meeting with British Prime Minister David Cameron in London, Thursday, July 26, 2012.
AP Photo/Charles Dharapak
(CBS News) Mitt Romney gave an update Thursday on his meetings during the first day of his London trip, including some details that, apparently, are usually kept under wraps.

A meeting with Sir John Sawers, the head of Britain's MI6 intelligence agency, was not on Romney's public schedule and didn't come to light until he shared it with the world at a news conference Thursday.

(Watch Romney's comment in the video to the left.)

"I can only say that I appreciated the insights and perspectives of the leaders of the government here and opposition here as well as the head of MI6," he said following a meeting with British Prime Minister David Cameron at 10 Downing Street. "[W]e discussed Syria and the hope for a more peaceful future for that country."

Interestingly, when asked for comment, Britain's Foreign and Commonwealth Office, which handles press for MI6, wouldn't acknowledge the meeting, "Sir John Sawers meets many people, but we don't give a running commentary on any of these private meetings."

The British press suggested that Romney slipped up by talking about the meeting, suggesting that intelligence-related meetings are usually not discussed publicly. When asked for reaction, a Romney senior policy official said he didn't have a reaction and that Romney's "said all he'll say on that."

  • Steve Chaggaris

    Steve Chaggaris is CBSNews.com's Executive Editor, Washington.

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