White House releases Benghazi e-mails

The White House on Wednesday released 100 pages of e-mails documenting the correspondence and revisions made to the talking points about the deadly attack in Benghazi, Libya.

The e-mails show that after an interagency meeting at the White House, Obama administration officials crossed out sections of the initial narrative provided by the CIA to be disseminated to the public, removing any mention of terrorism and the name of an al-Qaeda-linked group whose members the CIA said were involved.

Several early versions of the CIA’s talking points said that a day before the attack, radicals in Cairo had called for a demonstration in front of the U.S. Embassy in Egypt “encouraging Jihadists to break into the Embassy.”

The final version was a shadow of the original, with no language about warnings provided by the CIA up until the day before the Sept. 11 attack in Benghazi that killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, and three other Americans.

After reviewing the final version, David Petraeus, then-director of the CIA, questioned removing many details from the document. “No mention of the cable to Cairo, either?” he asked in an e-mail. “Frankly, I’d just as soon not use this, then.”

The White House had until now declined to make the documents public and had let congressional investigators review the documents without making copies….Interesting


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