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Petraeus’s role in drafting Benghazi talking points raises questions

Posted By admin On May 22, 2013 @ 10:50 am In Featured Stories | Comments Disabled

Scott Wilson and Karen DeYoung
Washington Post [1]
May 22, 2013

The controversy over the Obama administration’s response to the Benghazi attack last year began at a meeting over coffee on Capitol Hill three days after the assault.

It was at this informal session with the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence that the ranking Democrat asked David H. Petraeus, who was CIA director at the time, to ensure that committee members did not inadvertently disclose classified information when talking to the news media about the attack.

“We had some new members on the committee, and we knew the press would be very aggressive on this, so we didn’t want any of them to make mistakes,” Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (Md.) said last week of his request in an account supported by Republican participants. “We didn’t want to jeopardize sources and methods, and we didn’t want to tip off the bad guys. That’s all.”

What Petraeus decided to do with that request is the pivotal moment in the controversy over the administration’s Benghazi talking points. It was from his initial input that all else flowed, resulting in 48 hours of intensive editing that congressional Republicans cite as evidence of a White House coverup.

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[1] Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/petraeuss-role-in-drafting-benghazi-talking-points-raises-questions/2013/05/21/db19f352-c165-11e2-ab60-67bba7be7813_story.html

[2] King: Petraeus Said CIA’s Talking Points Were Edited to Play Down Terrorism: http://www.prisonplanet.com/king-petraeus-said-cias-talking-points-were-edited-to-play-down-terrorism.html

[3] Hillary Clinton Got The Benghazi Talking Points BEFORE Rest Of Obama Administration: http://www.prisonplanet.com/hillary-clinton-got-the-benghazi-talking-points-before-rest-of-obama-administration.html

[4] Benghazi Talking Points Underwent 12 Revisions, Scrubbed of Terror Reference: http://www.prisonplanet.com/benghazi-talking-points-underwent-12-revisions-scrubbed-of-terror-reference.html

[5] WH Benghazi Documents Show CIA, State Both Wanted Terror References Removed from Talking Points: http://www.prisonplanet.com/wh-benghazi-documents-show-cia-state-both-wanted-terror-references-removed-from-talking-points.html

[6] Petraeus testifies CIA’s Libya talking points were changed, lawmaker says: http://www.prisonplanet.com/petraeus-testifies-cias-libya-talking-points-were-changed-lawmaker-says.html

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