"panetta's response to McCains question from the Senate Transcrip
A transcript is the statements that are recorded and are word for word of what is actually said. It is not a reporter's reporting of what was said . A transcript does not refer to the speaker in the third person. As an example, look at the grey shaded portion of the article. That is a transcript. What you quoted is nothing more than a reporter's take on what Panetta's testimony was.