12 Versions of Benghazi Talking Points Show Extensive Edits

(ABC News) - Documents obtained by ABC News are raising questions about whether the White House knew the truth about the Benghazi terror attack on Sept. 11, 2012.

The Obama administration originally said the assault was the result of a spontaneous protest. It said it was basing that information on talking points drafted by the intelligence community; but an ABC News review of 12 different versions of the talking points show they were extensively edited before being distributed to Congress and to U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, who recited them on television, and that the State Department had extensive input in editing them.

In one draft, references to an Al Qaeda-affiliated group and references to CIA warnings before the attack were taken out.

In one e-mail, then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's spokeswoman, Victoria Nuland, raised objections, saying they "could be abused by members (of Congress) to beat up the State Department for not paying attention to warnings, so why would we want to feed that?"

"Four Americans lost their lives in this terrorist attack, and Congress is going to continue to investigate this issue using all the resources at our disposal," Speaker of the House John Boehner said.

Republicans have hammered the Obama administration for its handling of Benghazi. Democrats say there is no scandal here, and that Republicans are politicizing Benghazi.


To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the
Conversation Guidelines and FAQs

Leave a Comment