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Intelligence office says it got Libya attack wrong, not White House

Posted By admin On September 29, 2012 @ 2:30 am In World News | Comments Disabled

Jonathan S. Landay and Lesley Clark
McClatchy Newspapers [1]
Sept 29, 2012

Extremists from groups linked to al Qaida struck the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, in a “deliberate and organized terrorist attack,” the top U.S. intelligence agency said Friday, as it took responsibility for the Obama administration’s initial claims that the deadly assault grew from a spontaneous protest against an anti-Islam video.

The unusual statement from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence appeared to have two goals: updating the public on the latest findings of the investigation into the assault, and shielding the White House from a political backlash over its original accounts.

“In the immediate aftermath (of the assault), there was information that led us to assess that the attack began spontaneously following protests earlier that day at our embassy in Cairo,” spokesman Sean Turner said in the statement. “We provided that initial assessment to executive branch officials and members of Congress, who used that information to discuss the attack publicly.”

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[1] McClatchy Newspapers: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2012/09/28/170078/intelligence-office-says-it-got.html

[2] Government ‘would use torture intelligence’ if it prevented a terror attack says David Miliband: http://www.prisonplanet.com/government-would-use-torture-intelligence-if-it-prevented-a-terror-attack-says-david-miliband.html

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[4] Issa: ‘Everybody’ in Libya thought Benghazi attack was terrorism: http://www.prisonplanet.com/issa-everybody-in-libya-thought-benghazi-attack-was-terrorism.html

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