White House Releases Benghazi Emails

May 16, 2013 by  

White House Releases Benghazi Emails, The White House has released 99 pages of emails related to the attack on the US diplomatic mission in the Libyan city of Benghazi on 11 September 2012.

The correspondence shows conversations members of the Obama administration had when preparing to brief the media.

The assault by armed men left four Americans dead, including the US ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens.

Republicans have alleged that the White House sought to play down t*rror*sm ahead of the presidential election.

The Obama administration released the emails on Wednesday in an attempt quell criticism of its handling of the crisis.

Until now, the White House had declined to make the documents public, instead letting congressional investigators review them without making copies.

The 99 pages of emails, and a single page of handwritten notes, include conversations between members of multiple agencies, including the CIA, state department and the FBI.

The correspondence appears to show that the CIA took the lead in developing the talking points
The correspondence appears to show that the CIA took the lead in developing the talking points and in omitting key information about possible extremist involvement in the attack.

References to al-Qaeda and Libya-based Islamist extremists were removed from the talking points after CIA officials questioned intelligence on who was responsible for the US deaths.

State department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland also expressed reservations, saying: “The line of ‘knowing’ there were extremists among the demonstrators will come back to us at podium”.

Five days after the attack, the US ambassador to the UN, Susan Rice, used the talking points in controversial appearances on talk shows, during which she suggested the assaults sprang from a spontaneous protest over a US-made film depicting the Prophet Muhammad.

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