Hard evidence was obtained by ABC News that the Obama Administration did deliberately remove statements that directly linked terrorism to the attack on Benghazi last August that killed for Americans including the United States ambassador to Libya.
In the Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) original assessment, the CIA flatly stated that “We do know that Islamic extremists with ties to al-Qaida participated in the attack”.
According to sources, “they” meaning state department spokesperson Victoria Nuland, and senior White House aides Bell Rhodes and Jay Carney were disclosed in an ABC story to have pressured to have the negative information deleted from the CIA assessment.
The revelation represents the first firm evidence as contended by Republican conservatives that an attempt to change the blame to an anti-Islamic video that raised Islamic ire all over the world was the blame for the uprising at America’s consulate. It was a deliberate attempt by the state department to suppress the reason of the attack on the Libyan embassy.
In an effort to do damage control, Carney claimed the changes of the report were strictly “stylistic and non-substantive”http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/world/2013/May/Benghazi-Talking-Point-Revised-12-Times/
Deleting the reference of a Islamic extremist attack, something that the Obama Administration is resistance to do, is far from “stylistic and non-substantive”. It was a political move to purposely deviate the truth from the original CIA assessment and a smokescreen that continued days afterward when the discussion of Benghazi came up.
There were twelve revisions revamped to the original dispatch of the CIA including references to a CIA warning that an attack was imminent on the embassy.
It appears that the state department with help from the White House did manage to get the CIA to change its story to go more in line with a fabricated reason why the Benghazi attack took place. There were reports also disclosed that a military force was told to “stand down” during the critical hours the attack took place.
Original observers of the Benghazi attack seem to note that the first portion of the attack on the embassy was spontaneous, however a second wave was far more co-ordinated and organized.
According to the Libyan government, the attacks were immediately identified as a terrorist attack on the American embassy. It is highly unusual for any government to make a determination against the call of the host government.
Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton faced tough examination from the congressional hearing on the Benghazi attack and continued to articulate the position that nothing was amiss or out of step.
The damage potentially done with these new revelations could derail a run for the presidency in 2016 for Clinton.