The Obama Administration issued a statement on Friday saying it now believes the 9-11 consulate attack was a “deliberate and organized terrorist attack.” The administration knew the Benghazi strike was a terrorist attack 24 hours after the attack but kept this information from the public.
Within hours of the 9-11 Benghazi Consulate attacks the Obama Administration knew that it was the work of Al-Qaeda. For days the administration told reporters that the consulate attack was related to an offensive YouTube. Yet at the same time the administration was privately circulating a document with a very different opinion on the murderous attack.
Catherine Herridge from FOX News reported:
“There was this private narrative you see in the intelligence community where they separate what happened in Libya from this YouTube clip and then you have this public narrative that you have from this administration. And I got a hold of this Homeland Security Assessment. It talks about the scope of the demonstrations in the first week after 9-11 and what’s interesting to me is that this intelligence document makes no mention of the YouTube clip. So again, that’s sort of the private narrative but the public narrative from this administration has been that the clip has really prompted the assault not only in Libya but elsewhere in the Middle East.”
The top U.S. intelligence authority issued an unusual public statement on Friday declaring it now believed the September 11 attack on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi, Libya, was a “deliberate and organized terrorist attack.”
The statement by the office of Director of National Intelligence James Clapper acknowledged that it represented a change in the U.S. intelligence assessment of how and why the attack happened. During the attack on two U.S. government compounds in the eastern Libyan city, four U.S. personnel, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens, were killed.
Shawn Turner, spokesman for Clapper’s office, said that in the immediate aftermath of the attack, U.S. agencies came to the view that the Benghazi attack had begun spontaneously after protests at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo against a short film made in California lampooning the Prophet Mohammad.
Turner said that as U.S. intelligence subsequently learned more about the attack, “we revised our initial assessment to reflect new information indicating that it was a deliberate and organized terrorist attack carried out by extremists.”
He said it remained “unclear” if any individual or specific group commanded the attack. U.S. agencies nonetheless believe that some of the militants involved in the attack were “linked to groups affiliated with, or sympathetic to al-Qaida.”