Flea I am not sure within the agency culture they regard it as lying. For staff it is a manner of doing business and the best I have ever gotten in thought is this. They believe it is perfectly acceptable to with hold information or provide misleading information that leads you to a conclusion they desire. Now I know what my Mother thought when I tried that but all can draw their own conclusions.
I agree "lying" is an ugly word, but as regards fisheries issues, I'm calling a spade only by its proper name from now on. The gloves are off.