November 19th, 2012
09:25 PM ET

Official: Intel community changed Benghazi talking points

The office of the Director of National Intelligence tells CNN that the talking points given to the U.S. Ambassador to the UN, Susan Rice were changed by the intelligence community.

Congress has launched an investigation after Former CIA director, David Petraeus testified he knew immediately after the September 11th attack in Libya that it was carried out by terrorists linked to al-Qaeda.  That contradicts what we heard from Rice, who said publicly – on 5 Sunday talk shows – that the attack was "spontaneous" and sparked by an anti-Muslim film.

Benghazi talking points omitted link to al Qaeda

Georgia Senator Johnny Isakson, of  the foreign relations committee says the administration is accountable and is demanding answers.  He is Outfront tonight.

Official: Changes to Benghazi talking points made by intel community

The intelligence community – not the White House, State Department or Justice Department – was responsible for the substantive changes made to the talking points distributed for government officials who spoke publicly about the attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, the spokesman for the director of national intelligence said Monday.

The unclassified talking points on Libya, developed several days after the the deadly attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, were not substantively changed by any agency outside of the intelligence community, according to the spokesman, Shawn Turner.

Republican criticism of the talking points intensified last Friday following a closed door hearing with former CIA Director David Petraeus.

Rep. Peter King, R-New York, told reporters after the hearing that the original talking parts drafted by the CIA had been changed and it was unclear who was responsible.

"The original talking points were much more specific about al Qaeda involvement and yet final ones just said indications of extremists," King said.


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  1. Narine Singh

    We all must wait for the facts about Benghazi bc now a lot of people need to apologize to Ms Rice and the White House .. Those who knew were not speaking and those who did not know nothing were speculating.In conclusion , this why Mc Cain did not attend the briefing bc he knew he makes himself a fool .

    November 20, 2012 at 5:25 am | Reply

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