News broke last evening that the dishonored CIA Director will tell the Congressional committee today that he knew the attack was an al Qaeda sponsored terrorist attack and NOT due to a video. This contradicts information he gave earlier that the attack was simply a spontaneous mob with no pre-planning.
David Petraeus is going to tell members of Congress that he “knew almost immediately after the September 11th attack, that the group Ansar al Sharia, the al Qaeda sympathizing group in Libya was responsible for the attacks,” CNN reports.
In his closed door meeting on the Hill, “[Petraeus] will also say he had his own talking points separate from U.N. ambassador Susan Rice. [Hers] came from somewhere other in the administration than his direct talking points,” Barbara Starr of CNN reports, referencing a source close to Petraeus.
The former CIA director will move to further himself from comments that didn’t accurately characterize the terror attack that Rice made 5 days after on national television shows.
“When he looks at what Susan Rice said,” CNN reports, “here is what Petraeus’s take is, according to my source. Petraeus developed some talking points laying it all out. those talking points as always were approved by the intelligence community. But then he sees Susan Rice make her statements and he sees input from other areas of the administration. Petraeus — it is believed — will tell the committee he is not certain where Susan Rice got all of her information.”
Many pundits and radio hosts over the past couple of days were doubting that Petraeus would be saying anything contradictory to the cover up story being pushed by the administration. We’ll see how accurate this report is by the end of the day today. If Petraeus does say what CNN has reported, the investigative light will be full bore on Susan Rice and the administration and may push more in Congress to call for a special select committee.