White House Released More Benghazi Emails

Susan Rice (A/P Photo)

Susan Rice (A/P Photo)

The White House released some more heavily redacted emails relating to the terrorist attack on our consulate in Benghazi on September 11, 2012. The emails start on September 14, so there are a few days missing. You can view them here. Pundit Press went through them, it’s about what you’d expect – Susan Rice lied. What a shock.

In fact, on September 14, the talking points read, in part:

“Islamic extremists participated in the violent demonstrations.”

Attack “linked… to Ansar al-Sharia.”

“The Agency has produced numerous pieces on the threat of extremists linked to al-Qaeda in Benghazi and eastern Libya.”

We were warned on “September 10… of demonstration.”

In reply to this, an email was sent on September 14, at 8:59pm that, “The FBI did not have major concerns with the points.” That leads to the question: who changed the talking points?

Other than names that were whited-out, the people who immediately objected to the talking points were all officials high-up in the Obama Administration. Victoria Nuland, spokesperson for the United States Department of State. Jake Sullivan, National Security Advisor who was hand picked by Joe Biden. Ben Rhodes, President Obama’s foreign policy speech writer. Shawn Turner, spokesman for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

Read the whole thing. It almost seems like they timed the IRS apology for targeting conservatives – perhaps knowing it would bubble up pretty soon anyway – to deflect attention away from Benghazi. Now we’re being flooded with information on these various scandals, and they probably think that in a week or so they can go back to pushing their radical agenda while demonizing those who oppose it.

Update: Here’s more on Petraeus’s reaction to the altered talking points.

Under pressure in the investigation that continues eight months after the attacks, the White House on Wednesday released 99 pages of emails and a single page of hand-written notes made by Petraeus’ deputy, Mike Morell, after a meeting at the White House on Saturday, Sept. 15. On that page, Morell scratched out from the CIA’s early drafts of talking points mentions of al-Qaida, the experience of fighters in Libya, Islamic extremists and a warning to the Cairo embassy on the eve of the attacks of calls for a demonstration and break-in by jihadists.

Petraeus apparently was displeased by the removal of so much of the material his analysts initially had proposed for release. The talking points were sent to U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice to prepare her for an appearance on news shows on Sunday, Sept. 16, and also to members of the House Intelligence Committee.

“No mention of the cable to Cairo, either?” Petraeus wrote after receiving Morell’s edited version, developed after an intense back-and-forth among Obama administration officials. “Frankly, I’d just as soon not use this, then.” (Read More)

Oh, well, why would anyone listen to the CIA director?