Published On: Wed, Oct 24th, 2012

Emails confirm White House, State Department and FBI knew Benghazi was an attack

Two hours after the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, the White House, the State Department and the FBI were told that an Islamist group had claimed credit, government e-mails obtained by CNN show.

The State Department email identifies Ansar al-Sharia as the Islamic group claiming responsibility for the attack on its Facebook page and Twitter.

These emails raise even more questions about the Obama administration’s handling of the Benghazi attack on September 11th and how it was communicated to the American public.

President Obama’s address in the Rose Garden the following day discussed the attack, lumping it into a conversation about 9/11 and using the phrase “terrorist attack,” but the anti-Islam YouTube video was referenced for days following the speech.

White House spokesman Jay Carney maintained there was no evidence suggesting the attack was “planned or imminent.”

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland and Susan Rice, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, all cited the video as a motivating factor in the attack.

On September 13, a senior U.S. official told CNN that the violence in Libya was not the work of “an innocent mob.”

“The video or 9/11 made a handy excuse and could be fortuitous from their perspective, but this was a clearly planned military-type attack,” the official said.

On September 19th, the White House began calling the attack the “work of terrorists.”

The emails add some detail into the Benghazi attack

  • The first one, sent at 4:05 p.m. ET, or 10:05 p.m. in Libya, describes a diplomatic mission under attack. “Approximately 20 armed people fired shots; explosions have been heard as well,” the e-mail says. Stevens and four other mission staff are in the compound safe haven, it added.
  • Less than an hour later at 4:54 p.m. ET, another e-mail reports “firing at the U.S. Diplomatic Mission in Benghazi has stopped and the compound has been cleared.” It says a search was underway for consulate personnel.
  • The final e-mail, from 6:07 p.m., notes the claim of responsibility for the attack. The subject line reads: “Update 2: Ansar al-Sharia Claims Responsibility for Benghazi Attack.”


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