Emails reveal how the State Department and White House knew from day 1 the attack in Benghazi was carried out by terrorists with links to Al Qaeda, but they decided to change their talking points and lie to the American people. They knew even before the body of Christopher Stevens was dragged through the streets of Benghazi, but they were more concerned about covering their butts.
Even as the White House strove last week to move beyond questions about the Benghazi attacks of Tuesday, September 11, 2012, fresh evidence emerged that senior Obama administration officials knowingly misled the country about what had happened in the days following the assaults. The Weekly Standard has obtained a timeline briefed by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence detailing the heavy substantive revisions made to the CIA’s talking points, just six weeks before the 2012 presidential election, and additional information about why the changes were made and by whom.
As intelligence officials pieced together the puzzle of events unfolding in Libya, they concluded even before the assaults had ended that al Qaeda-linked terrorists were involved. Senior administration officials, however, sought to obscure the emerging picture and downplay the significance of attacks that killed a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans. The frantic process that produced the changes to the talking points took place over a 24-hour period just one day before Susan Rice, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, made her now-famous appearances on the Sunday television talk shows. The discussions involved senior officials from the State Department, the National Security Council, the CIA, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and the White House.
The article is long, but you should read the whole thing. Never in the initial assessment was the You Tube video mentioned, but State Department officials, Hillary Clinton and President Obama all went out and blamed the “demonstration” on the video.
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