November 16th, 2012
08:08 PM ET

More confusion over Benghazi talking points after Petraeus testifies

Our fifth story OutFront – the Benghazi hearing

Former CIA Director David Petraeus told Congress today that he knew immediately the deadly assault on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi on September 11th that left four Americans dead was the work of Al-Qaeda linked or inspired militants.

According to Congressman Peter King, who was present for the hearing, Petraeus' testimony today differed from what Obama administration officials told the American people about intelligence assessments in the days following the incident. 

Petraeus said he helped to write unclassified talking points after the attack, but had no direct involvement in writing the talking points used by Susan Rice, the ambassador to the U.N., when she publicly said five days later that the attack was "spontaneous" and sparked by an anti-muslim film.

The question remains: why didn't Rice's talking points reflect this understanding of the situation? According to senior US officials, the terror link was left out because there were serious intelligence and legal issues to consider under that circumstance. Outfront tonight is Congressman Adam Schiff, a Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee who was in the Petraeus hearing today.

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