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Rice's widely debunked remarks that cited protests over an anti-Islam video as the cause of the attack fueled the criticism of the administration and later cost her a chance at becoming secretary of state.
According to the 99 pages of emails, then CIA-Director David Petraeus objected to the final talking points because he wanted to see more details revealed to the public.
In the original draft of the talking points, the CIA said the assault may have been "spontaneously inspired by the protests at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo and evolved into a direct assault against the U.S. Consulate," CBS News chief White House correspondent Major Garrett reports.
But the first version also acknowledged that "Islamic extremists with ties to al Qaeda participated in the attack" and that there had been "at least five other attacks against foreign interests in Benghazi" in the previous six months and that "we cannot rule out that individuals had previously surveilled the U.S. facilities."
Petraeus' deputy, Mike Morell, after a meeting at the White House on Saturday, Sept. 15, scratched out from the CIA's early talking point drafts mentions of al Qaeda, 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.
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Intelligence officials told CBS News that Morell was worried that naming the terror groups would unnecessarily influence the FBI investigation. The intelligence community also wanted to protect classified information already pointing to possible culprits, Garrett reports.
Petraeus apparently was displeased by the removal of so much of the material his analysts had proposed for release. The talking points were sent to 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."
The emails were partially blacked out, including removal of names of senders and recipients who are career employees at the CIA and elsewhere.
The intelligence official said Morell was aware of Nuland's objections but did not make the changes under pressure from the State Department but because he independently shared the concerns.
That is contradicted in an email sent to Rice on Sept. 15 at 1:23 p.m. by a member of her staff whose name was blacked out. The email said Morell indicated he would work with Sullivan and Ben Rhodes, the White House deputy national security adviser, to revise the talking points. The intelligence official disputed that assertion and insisted Morell acted alone.
Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, who sits on the Intelligence Committee, said of the emails, "I didn't find anything that looked like a smoking gun in terms of political cooking of the talking points. There is very little input from the White House."
But he said: "There are some things to criticize in here. The State Department looks like it is trying to avoid blame.".....snip~
White House Benghazi email release prompts GOP to demand more - CBS News
No matter how cynical I become toward politicians, it's never enough.
Is he the Issa who voted against funding for extra diplomatic protection abroad, in places like Benghazi?
I love the smell of face-palm in the morning!
"You ain't no Muslim bruv!"
Course it is no longer a Smoking Gun that the State Dept ignored Direct Warnings from the Libyans 48hrs in advance of the attack on the Diplomatic Facility. Nor is it a smoking gun that Nuland was doing all she could to prevent the State Dept from being thrown under the Bus. Due to all the failures that the ARB found.
Also BTW.....at the time of the Attack. There was No FBI investigation going on in Libya as Morell tried to tell people.
Wow, you guys are desperate.
It's not Issa's narrative that's falling apart as Pickering admitted the scope of their investigation was minimal.
It's not cool to make sh** up to cover your political asses.
That goes for Politicians and blind Obama supporters.
The Benghazi issue isn't going away Rob, no matter your mitigations and a little dust up on Meet the Press doesn't change the fact that Obama, Jay Carney, Hillary Clinton and Susan Rice are up to their eyeballs in lies and false Narratives.
Hell, Carney and Obama were contradicting each other. Rob, something tells me you wish those "protestors" had finished the job.
I appreciate you providing links for me. I had read it before and read it again when you posted the link again. Do you know how often host governments issue alerts to our diplomats, then how often is there an incident? I really dont know. If a warning absolutely never happens (rare) and whenever the host country issues the warning they are always right. Otherwise it is a judgement call. I still think this is much ado about absolutely nothing. I see no smoking gun. You realize Fox attempted to effect an election with even less evidence than this. That should be illegal.
God Bless the Marine Corps.