If I look at this in the most positive light, what I see is some internal inconsistencies within Google.
Calling them to task is our responsibility as users.
So is this internal inconsistency within the organisation, or is it "spin".
I would give them the benefit of the doubt, but will wait to see if there is any response to this, as they will be monitoring these conversations.
I think this also indicates the power of social accountability, the users are asking questions, can Google now respond in an appropriate social manner and clear up this confusion?
After all, they built Google+ because they recognise the importance of social openness and transparency, didn't they?