(CBS News) WASHINGTON - CBS News has obtained the CIA talking points given to U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice on Sept. 15 regarding the fatal attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, four days earlier. CBS News correspondent Margaret Brennan says the talking points, which were also given to members of the House intelligence committee, make no reference to terrorism being a likely factor in the assault, which left U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans dead.
Rice, who was considered a likely nominee to replace Hillary Clinton as secretary of state, has been attacked by Republican lawmakers for saying on "Face the Nation" (video) on Sept. 16 that all indications were the attack "began spontaneously" - suggesting it likely sprang from a protest against an anti-Muslim video found on the Internet. Protests of that nature had been seen in other Muslim nations in the days and weeks before the Benghazi attack.
The CIA's talking points read as follows:
"The currently available information suggests that the demonstrations in Benghazi were spontaneously inspired by the protests at the US Embassy in Cairo and evolved into a direct assault against the US diplomatic post in Benghazi and subsequently its annex. There are indications that extremists participated in the violent demonstrations.
This assessment may change as additional information is collected and analyzed and as currently available information continues to be evaluated.
The investigation is on-going, and the US Government is working with Libyan authorities to bring to justice those responsible for the deaths of US citizens."
Then "someone" send out talking points that they knew were a lie
Pretty much spot on with what she said on the Sunday shows
quote:Honest question, since when does the CIA issue talking points?
CBS obtains the CIA talking points
The talking points, which were also given to members of the House intelligence committee, make no reference to terrorism being a likely factor in the assault
So, what you're saying is that she went out and spread the known LIE
Maybe if Karl Rove and the rest hadn't lied/misrepresented about the WMD in Iraq these poor frickers in Libya would still be alive.
Does anyone really care whether we call it an act of terror, a terrorist attack, or an attack by "extremist elements with heavy weapons." Like, we get it
quote:Where exactly is her sense of integrity? Why hasn't she come out and said, "I was used as a tool to spread obviously false information, and I don't like how my reputation has suffered for it"? Something just doesn't pass the smell test.
Of all the people I don't understand being upset with about all of this Susan Rice has got to be number 1. Had literally nothing to do with the incident itself in any capacity. Clearly was asked by the administration to go on TV and deliver the prepared talking points, and then she didn't deviate at all from what the CIA was telling her and constantly hedged everything she said with, "this is what we know right now, could totally change though." What she said was, "heavily armed attackers, not affiliated with any protest, were the ones who opportunistically attacked and killed our ambassador." Has anything ever been so idiotically blown out of proportion?