Democrats Released Hillary’s Controversial Email Denying Video Role in Benghazi Attack – Media Ignored
The Democrat half of the House Select Benghazi Committee issued a partisan report on Monday that disclosed, but buried (on page 28), the shocking news that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton emphatically stated in private that the Benghazi attack was not motivated by an anti-Islam video as she was saying in public.
The news media which had access to the report all week did not report Clinton’s startling contradictory statement. Instead it was brought up by Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) at Thursday’s hearing.
Screen image from Benghazi hearing exhibit via Breitbart
The statement by Clinton was contained in State Department call summary memo obtained by the committee. The Democrat report read:
“On the afternoon of September 12, Secretary Clinton received notes to prepare for a 4:30
p.m. meeting on the attacks in Benghazi and Cairo. The notes stated that “sources indicate a
group named Ansar al-Sharia, affiliated with Islamic extremists, organized the attack.” The
notes also stated that Embassy Tripoli was reporting that the attack in Benghazi was pre-planned,
similar to the intelligence report issued earlier that morning: “Embassy Tripoli reports that the
attack was sophisticated, well-organized, involved over 50 armed gunmen, and appears to have
been planned in advance.”75
“Later that afternoon, Secretary Clinton had a call with the Egyptian Prime Minister
Hesham Kandil regarding the events in Cairo and Libya. The notes from that call indicate that
the Secretary relayed information consistent with reporting at the time: “We know that the
attack in Libya had nothing to do with the film. It was a planned attack—not a protest.” The
notes also indicate that she acknowledged that Ansar al-Sharia reportedly claimed responsibility
for the attacks: “Your [sic] not kidding. Based on the information we saw today we believe the
group that claimed responsibility for this was affiliated with al Qaeda.”76″
A Google News search shows that only the liberal New Republic reported Clinton’s statement from the Democrat report, but only in the context of running interference for Clinton.
…”the same report includes call notes from a September 12, 2012 conversation between Clinton and then-Egyptian Prime Minister Heshvan Kandi in which Clinton said, “We know that the attack in Libya had nothing to do with the film. It was a planned attack—not a protest.”
“Subsequent revelations cast this initial assessment into doubt, driving the intelligence analysis temporarily toward the incorrect conclusion that a protest gave rise to the attack. But stripped of that context, it looks like Clinton and the Obama administration knew full well, all along, that the attack was premeditated, and then lied about it. An overwhelming number of Benghazi leaks and allegations involve the same kind of deceptive decontextualization, and have turned the true history of the attacks into a cynical and exploitative hall of mirrors.
“Clinton has already addressed these apparent-but-not-actual inconsistencies at length, as has basically everybody swept up in the process of sorting out what really happened. In June of last year, she told Fox, “This was the fog of war. My own assessment careened from the video had something to do with it, the video had nothing to do with it; it may have affected some people, it didn’t affect other people…. So I was trying to make sense of it. And I think that the investigations that have been carried out basically conclude we can’t say that everybody was influenced and we can’t say everybody wasn’t, but what the intelligence community said was spontaneous protests, and that is what at the time they thought.””
In Thursday’s hearing, Clinton told Jordan she chooses her words carefully, “…I used those words deliberately…”
Diplomats, especially the top diplomat–the secretary of state–know to use precise language in their dealings.
Clinton told the Egyptian prime minister, ““We know that the attack in Libya had nothing to do with the film. It was a planned attack—not a protest.”
Clinton did not express any doubt, employ no diplomatic wiggle room, fog of war, she flat out said, “We know…”
Yet the media, which had the report since Monday never reported this. Some watchdogs.