October 24th, 2012
08:31 PM ET

E-mails: Obama administration was notified an extremist group was claiming credit for Benghazi attack hours after it happened

CNN's Erin Burnett discusses government e-mails obtained by CNN that reveal the White House knew within two hours of the Libya attack that an Islamic extremist group was claiming credit.

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OutFront tonight: Rep. Jason Chaffetz, member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and Fmr. NATO Supreme Allied Commander Gen. Wesley Clark.

E-mails: White House knew of extremist claims in Benghazi attack

Two hours after first being notified of an attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, a government e-mail to the White House, the State Department and the FBI said an Islamist group had claimed credit, according to a copy obtained by CNN.

An initial e-mail was sent while the attack was still underway, and another that arrived two hours later - sent from a State Department address to various government agencies including the executive office of the president - identified Ansar al Sharia as claiming responsibility for the attack on its Facebook page and on Twitter.

The group denied responsibility the next day.


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  1. Norma Dillon

    Please give your viewers a 50 year history of attacks on USA embassies in foreign lands. It would be a learning experience and also put Benghazi in perspective. I understand there were 12 attacks when
    Bush Jr. was President. Terrible attacks on Military base in Lebanon which never should have happened and other embayy attacks. ND.

    October 25, 2012 at 2:58 am | Reply

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