I used to get tongue tied when friends would ask certain questions. However, I have learned a thing or two from my rather quiet friend LordQuantum Velaystar. Whenever anyone asks my friend Lord a silly question he takes the CIA approach and responds with “I can neither confirm nor deny that.” People laugh, he looks clever, and best of all he manages to get out of answering the question.
If you think about it, this is a great response to those questions that can put you in hot water no matter how you respond to them. The CIA knew what they were doing when they started this catch phrase!
There are times, however, this response will not work. If a partner asks “Are you cheating on me?” neither confirming or denying might put an end to the relationship. If a boss asks “Have you stolen money from the company?” is also not a good time to use it or if a cop asks “Did you kill this person?”
There’s a time and a place for the CIA response. If used with intelligence you come off charming, mysterious, and it gets you out of trouble. If used stupidly – jail time.