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Published on May 14, 2013
5/14/13 – An email obtained by CNN’s Jake Tapper reveals that a bombshell report by ABC News released may have incorrectly implicated some White House officials in the decision to remove from the State Department’s talking points on the Benghazi attack references to Islamic terrorism. The email obtained by CNN shows National Security Adviser for Strategic Communications Ben Rhodes was less concerned about the political fallout from the Benghazi talking points than State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland.
“The actual email differs from how sources were inaccurately quoted and paraphrased in previous media accounts,” the CNN report reads.
The significance of the email seems to be that whomever leaked the inaccurate information earlier this month did so in a way that made it appear that the White House — specifically deputy National Security Adviser for Strategic Communications Ben Rhodes — was more interested in the State Department’s desire to remove mentions of specific terrorist groups and warnings about these groups so as to not bring criticism to the State Department than Rhodes’ email actually stated.
RELATED: ABC News Reports Benghazi Talking Points Were Revised 12 Times, Terror Reference Was Omitted
The email, sent on Friday, September 14, 2012, at 9:34 p.m., shows Rhodes was prepared to be deferential to investigators who would clear up what happened in Benghazi in the ensuing weeks after the attack:
There is a ton of wrong information getting out into the public domain from Congress and people who are not particularly informed. Insofar as we have firmed up assessments that don’t compromise intel or the investigation, we need to have the capability to correct the record, as there are significant policy and messaging ramifications that would flow from a hardened mis-impression.
The CNN report claims that the original report in ABC News misquoted Rhodes and shows him to be in more agreement with Nuland than the original email suggests:
“We must make sure that the talking points reflect all agency equities, including those of the State Department, and we don’t want to undermine the FBI investigation. We thus will work through the talking points tomorrow morning at the Deputies Committee meeting.” The Weekly Standard reported that Rhodes “responded to the group, explaining that Nuland had raised valid concerns and advising that the issues would be resolved at a meeting of the National Security Council’s Deputies Committee the following morning.”
“Whoever provided those quotes and paraphrases did so inaccurately, seemingly inventing the notion that Rhodes wanted the concerns of the State Department specifically addressed,” CNN concludes. “Nuland, particularly, had expressed a desire to remove mentions of specific terrorist groups and CIA warnings about the increasingly dangerous assignment. Rhodes put no emphasis at all in his email on the State Department’s concerns.”
Jonathan Karl, the ABC News reporter who broke the original story, has checked with his sources and found the CNN scoop to be consistent with his original reporting.
The differences in the two versions are being taken by some as evidence that my source sought to intentionally mislead about the extent of State Department involvement in changing the talking points. The version I obtained makes specific reference to the State Department, while the version reported by CNN references only “all of the relevant equities” and does not single out State.
“The White House could still clear up this confusion by releasing the full e-mail transcripts that were provided for brief review by a select number of members of Congress earlier this year,” Karl writes. “If there’s “no ‘there’ there,” as President Obama himself claimed yesterday, a full release should help his case.”
Published on May 8, 2013
Greg Hicks says that he was never interviewed by the FBI after the attack in Benghazi (May 8, 2013).
Published on May 7, 2013
May 7, 2013 – Pat Smith, mother of slain State Department officer Sean Smith, who died in the September 11, 2012, attack on an American consulate in Benghazi, tore into the federal government and their efforts to investigate that deadly attack on Tuesday. In an interview with CNN host Jake Tapper, Smith said that she blames former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for failing to ensure her staff was secure and for not taking blame for that failure after they were killed in the line of duty.
“How are you holding up?” Tapper asked Smith.
“Terrible,” she replied as her voice broke with emotion. “I cry every night. I don’t sleep at night. I need answers.”
“Why was there no security for him when they were supposed to have security, and the security that they did have was called back?” Smith asked. “It’s just things do not add up and I’m just told lies.”
Tapper asked if Smith was concerned that the Benghazi investigation had been politicized. “Why don’t they just do their job?” Smith asked after agreeing that the investigation had become a political football.
“Have you heard from anybody in the Obama administration?” Tapper asked.
“I got one telephone call from a clerk that was a couple days after it happened,” Smith replied. “Since then, all they have told me is that I am not part of the immediate family so they don’t want to tell me anything.”
Tapper played a portion of former Sec. Clinton’s testimony before Congress in which she asked “what difference, at this point, does it make” what the impetus behind the attack on the consulate was.
“Well, that’s what I want to know,” Smith shot back. “Why did it happen? And she is in charge. Why couldn’t she do something about it? I blame her.”
“That’s her department. She’s supposed to be on top of it, and yet she claims that she knows nothing — it wasn’t told to her,” Smith said. “Who’s running the place?”
“I guess what I find so amazing — I don’t [find it] surprising that you haven’t gotten answers because I haven’t either,” Tapper noted. “And I’ve been reporting on this since September, but what I find so surprising is that there hasn’t been any other outreach other than that clerk.”
“They don’t want to talk to me,” Smith replied, “because they are afraid of what I might say. Because I might say something like, ‘who is at fault and why are they covering it up?’ And they are covering it up because I haven’t heard any answers.”
Published May 04, 2013
Their identities have been a well-guarded secret, known only to their high-powered lawyers and a handful of House lawmakers and staff. But now Fox News has learned the names of the self-described Benghazi “whistleblowers” who are set to testify before a widely anticipated congressional hearing on Wednesday.
Appearing before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will be three career State Department officials: Gregory N. Hicks, the deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Libya at the time of the Benghazi terrorist attacks; Mark I. Thompson, a former Marine and now the deputy coordinator for Operations in the agency’s Counterterrorism Bureau; and Eric Nordstrom, a diplomatic security officer who was the regional security officer in Libya, the top security officer in the country in the months leading up to the attacks.
U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed in the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks on the U.S. outpost in Benghazi, Libya.
At the time of Stevens’s death, Hicks became the highest-ranking American diplomat in Libya.
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/
By Tia Ghose, LiveScience Staff Writer | LiveScience.com – 3 hrs ago
Archaeologists have uncovered 20 Stone-Age skeletons in and around a rock shelter in Libya’s Sahara desert, according to a new study.
The skeletons date between 8,000 and 4,200 years ago, meaning the burial place was used for millennia.
“It must have been a place of memory,” said study co-author Mary Anne Tafuri, an archaeologist at the University of Cambridge. “People throughout time have kept it, and they have buried their people, over and over, generation after generation.”
About 15 women and children were buried in the rock shelter, while five men and juveniles were buried under giant stone heaps called tumuli outside the shelter during a later period, when the region turned to desert.
The findings, which are detailed in the March issue of the Journal of Anthropological Archaeology, suggest the culture changed with the climate.
Read more: http://news.yahoo.com/
It’s not as though we need another lesson in how the media manipulates language to shape a desired reality, but the past few months have still been another fascinating exercise in watching just how effective a coordinated media push can be when it comes to crafting conventional wisdom.
Hi, I am a Democrat, I am going to take 10 minutes to ask a question about something other than #Benghazi in hopes that we run the clock out
— Zack Moore (@MooreAmerican5) January 23, 2013
Being shown the media was an important thing to do while Hillary spoke apparently.
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