New Emails: Benghazi Cover Story Continues to Unravel
A new lot of emails released by the State Department on Halloween were so newsworthy that not even the holiday could drown it out.
It turns out, three days after the Benghazi attack, on Sept. 14, 2012, the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli specifically warned the State Department in an email not to promote the idea that an anti-Muslim YouTube video was the cause of the attack.
The embassy issued this warning for two reasons: one, it was not true. And two, by calling continued attention to the video, anti-American sentiment in Libya was inflamed, where the video had not been a factor to any significant extent.
“[O]ur view at Embassy Tripoli is that we must be cautious in our local messaging with regard to the inflammatory film trailer, adapting it to Libyan conditions,” wrote an embassy official whose name was redacted from the Sept. 14, 2012 email.
“[I]f we post messaging about the video specifically, we may draw unwanted attention to it,” the official said. “And it is becoming increasingly clear that the series of events in Benghazi was much more terrorist attack than a protest which escalated into violence.”
The core of the message comports with the primary revelation of the Oct. 22nd Benghazi hearing, featuring former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Clinton acknowledged in email on the night of the attack to her daughter Chelsea (among others) that an ‘al-Qaeda-like” group had attacked the U.S. compound.
It turns out that the Obama administration had one narrative for the American public (blaming the video), while internally spreading a much different narrative.