Benghazi Talking Points Underwent 12 Revisions, Scrubbed of Terror Reference

“These changes don’t resolve all of my issues or those of my buildings leadership.”


Jonathan Karl
ABC News

 Read the Full Benghazi Talking Point Revisions

White House emails reviewed by ABC News suggest the edits were made with extensive input from the State Department.  The edits included requests from the State Department that references to the Al Qaeda-affiliated group Ansar al-Sharia be deleted as well references to CIA warnings about terrorist threats in Benghazi in the months preceding the attack.

That would appear to directly contradict what White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said about the talking points in November.

“Those talking points originated from the intelligence community.  They reflect the IC’s best assessments of what they thought had happened,” Carney told reporters at the White House press briefing on November 28, 2012.  “The White House and the State Department have made clear that the single adjustment that was made to those talking points by either of those two institutions were changing the word ‘consulate’ to ‘diplomatic facility’ because ‘consulate’ was inaccurate.”

Summaries of White House and State Department emails — some of which were first published by Stephen Hayes of the Weekly Standard — show that the State Department had extensive input into the editing of the talking points.

State Department spokesman Victoria Nuland raised specific objections to this paragraph drafted by the CIA in its earlier versions of the talking points…


Read the entire report at ABC News.


Related: Rep. Frank Wolf makes the case on why we MUST have a Select Committee on Benghazi 

Rep. Frank Wolf is the loudest voice in Congress calling for a select committee to investigate Benghazi and Mark Levin invited him on last night to discuss why he believes it is necessary. The bottom line is that it’s better to have one committee with subpoena power investigating Benghazi than to have 5 different committees working independently toward the same goal. And with something so serious, Wolf believes it’s imperative that we get to the truth and we do it quickly…

Update: American Crossroads: Benghazi



Also, Kerry says he’ll answer questions about Benghazi

Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday he’s determined to answer any questions related to the deadly assault on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, as the House Republican leader pushed for more information from the Obama administration.

One day after a lengthy House hearing on the Sept. 11, 2012, attack, Kerry told reporters as he traveled overseas that anyone culpable of wrongdoing will be dealt with appropriately. But he’s withholding judgment on testimony in Congress suggesting that senior State Department officials were pressured or demoted for objecting to the administration’s initial and since-debunked explanations for the attacks….


Update 2: Democrats Actively Working to Undermine Testimony of Benghazi Whistleblower

NBC’s Lisa Myers said this morning on TV that Democrats have been calling her to attempt to undermine the testimony of Benghazi whistleblower Gregory Hicks..

“There is something called Benghazi going on,” said Myers. “And I think the Democrats now are starting to worry about it. I started–I got calls from a number of Democrats yesterday trying to undermine Greg Hicks’s testimony, saying he wasn’t demoted, etc. So I think they feel that some damage was done by those three witnesses on Wednesday.”


Watch the video at the link.

CBS News discovers the U.S. may have had foreknowledge of terrorist attack, aggressively investigates story 

But Benghazi is different. Why are you so obsessed with it, teabagger? Shut up.

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