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WH ‘Still Hasn’t Explained Why It Blamed Benghazi On YouTube Video’

Posted By admin On May 17, 2013 @ 9:45 am In World News | Comments Disabled

STEPHEN F. HAYES
Weekly Standard [1]
May 17, 2013

So, what about the video? The White House last week released nearly 100 pages of emails detailing some of the discussions within the Obama administration that resulted in major revisions to talking points about the Benghazi attacks drafted by the Central Intelligence Agency.

From the beginning, there have been two big questions about the administration’s deceptive spin on Benghazi: How were the talking points whittled down to virtually nothing from the CIA’s original draft? And how did a previously obscure YouTube video gain such prominence in the administration’s explanation of what happened in Benghazi?

The emails fill in at least some of the details about the talking points. They also leave in ruins administration claims that White House and State Department officials were mere bystanders in the process. But how, exactly, the video became so prominent in the administration’s public rhetoric remains something of a mystery.

The new documents disprove claims by Obama spokesman Jay Carney, Hillary Clinton, and others that the White House and State Department had virtually nothing to do with rewriting the talking points. Carney maintained that officials from State and the White House were responsible for a “single adjustment” to the language. Clinton insisted that the intelligence community was the “principal decider” of what would be said. But the emails make clear that top White House and State officials played key roles in reshaping the CIA’s initial draft.

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[1] Weekly Standard: http://www.weeklystandard.com/articles/what-about-video_724696.html

[2] Benghazi Emails Directly Contradict White House Claims: http://www.prisonplanet.com/benghazi-emails-directly-contradict-white-house-claims.html

[3] The Complete Benghazi Files: White House Releases 100 Pages Of Benghazi Emails: http://www.prisonplanet.com/the-complete-benghazi-files-white-house-releases-100-pages-of-benghazi-emails.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] State Dept. turns over Benghazi documents: http://www.prisonplanet.com/state-dept-turns-over-benghazi-documents.html

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