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Bombshell: State Dept. Knew Benghazi was a Terrorist Attack

by Keith Koffler on May 2, 2014, 8:55 am

Former CBS News reporter Sharyl Attkisson has uncovered an email indicating that the State Department knew at a very high level, immediately after the incidents, that the Benghazi attacks were conducted by a terrorist organization affiliated with al Qaeda.

The email, sent by Acting Assistant Secretary of State for the Near East Beth Jones, contradicts assertions made at the time by the White House and Secretary of State Clinton, Jones’ boss, that the motivation for the attacks was a video.

From Attkisson’s report, posted on her own website, sharylattkisson.com:

The email is entitled “Libya update from Beth Jones.” Jones was then-Assistant Secretary of State to Hillary Clinton. According to the email, Jones spoke to Libya’s Ambassador at 9:45am on Sept. 12, 2012 following the attacks.

“When [the Libyan Ambassador] said his government suspected that former Qaddafi regime elements carried out the attacks, I told him the group that conducted the attacks—Ansar Al Sharia—is affiliated with Islamic extremists,” Jones reports in the email.

There is no uncertainty assigned to the assessment, which does not mention a video or a protest . . .

Among those copied on the email: Deputy Secretary William Burns; Under Secretary for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman; Jake Sullivan, then-Deputy Chief of Staff (now promoted to national security advisor to Vice President Joe Biden); Under Secretary of State Patrick Kennedy; Cheryl Mills, then-Secretary Clinton’s Chief of Staff (now on the board of directors of the global investment firm BlackRock); and Victoria Nuland, then-State Dept. spokesperson (now promoted to Asst. Secretary of State) . . .

Another State Department email sent at 5:55pm on Tues. Sept. 11, 2012, while the attacks were underway, includes a report that “the extremist group Ansar Al Sharia has taken credit for the attack in Benghazi” and that U.S. officials asked the offices of the [Libyan] President and [Prime Minister] to pursue Ansar al Sharia.”

This will take some explaining.

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CiscoKid May 2, 2014 at 9:06 am

Two promotions and one appointment to Board of Directors.
The price of one’s soul on the cheap.

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Shofar May 2, 2014 at 9:10 am

Ah, the payment for silence. Everyone has a price, it’s just a matter of finding what it is.

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Shofar May 2, 2014 at 9:08 am

Anyone with an ounce of brains knew the attacks were terror related, and they were a co-ordinated effort. What really surprised me in Attkisson’s report is the number of individuals that went from being at one level in State, to getting promoted to a higher, more responsible level.

One should ask if these promotions were payment for keeping their mouths shut about Benghazi. Especially those promotions that took someone from a position such as a spokesperson to Asst. Secretary of State.

Reading the list of promotions makes me think that the unqualified in State are being placed in positions were their lack of qualifications makes them an even greater danger to the US and its allies.

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Sadie May 2, 2014 at 9:16 am

The higher the level, the more untouchable and underlings are more enabled to put out the first line of defense – obfuscation.

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David May 2, 2014 at 9:12 am

Simple reason “Dude- that was like two years ago””what difference does it make”

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Lee May 2, 2014 at 9:22 am

The difference.
My grandfather passed before this joke of an admini. came aboard.
He was shot down in WWII. Everyone went to his rescue and pulled him out. No one stood back.
If we did not have a military number of people near by. That in itself shows failure on this admini.
Someone at the top should have called someone, anyone, there to help.

All facts need to be released. What are the current ambassdors being told about their satefy. Does each current ambassador get a rundown of who may come to their rescue.
1. Do they have security guards, if they are far away from any of our military.
2. Told exactly how far the nearest military personal are.
3. Are they told sorry, you are on your own. We do not have any means of protecting you at all.
4. Are the current ambassodor’s given a response if they inquire about something important, as Ambassodor Stevens did.
Did I miss anything?

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georgia May 2, 2014 at 9:14 am

Sharyl Attkisson and Bret Baier should grab hold and continue to investigate this “extreme” cover-up . This administration is corrupt and self-serving and their untruths need to be exposed.

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BigDave May 2, 2014 at 9:31 am

Truth doesn’t matter as long as the checks arrive & EBT cards are refilled.

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swissik May 2, 2014 at 7:36 pm

Sad but true and something I have observed for a long time before Benghazi, IRS, Fast and Furious etc. etc. etc. Sheeple make up most of the American electorate.

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Julie Brueckheimer May 2, 2014 at 9:48 am

John Boehner hasn’t helped, for whatever reason, by dragging his feet on appointing a special select committee.

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Scottso May 2, 2014 at 10:15 am

the O people – They are a stubborn bunch
Had they just told the truth no one would be saying anything except why was security weakened instead of strengthened when the ambassador asked.

Why are we still talking about the Susan Rice interviews.
What about the speech at the UN by the President weeks later or what the President and SoS Clinton said to the families at the coffin receptions.

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Desert dweller May 2, 2014 at 1:23 pm

Had they told the truth we would have a different president!!

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swissik May 2, 2014 at 7:38 pm

Yes indeed, and even the dead in cemeteries in Illinois would not have been able to save the ONE.

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BigDave May 2, 2014 at 9:21 am

Then ppl wonder why the world doesnt trust the US on any matter anymore. This administratiom cant even tell the truth on any subject. Let alone where ppl die. Just so they look good & get reelected all for the power & glory for ones self. If these ppl had a shred of decency, they would have crawled away a long time ago

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Junius May 2, 2014 at 9:38 am

“This will take some explaining”

We will continue to be inundated with a torrent of lies from Dictator Obama and his democrat communist thugs in the White Houses regarding Benghazi. This also applies to the amoral and dispicable ex- Secretary of Disgrace, Hillary Clinton, as she ramps up her bid to become the first “woman” president. (It’s time we had a woman in the White House as president don’t you know, and my, oh my, Hillary “The Butcher of Benghazi” Clinton is certainly the best choice evah). Of course the low life pond scum in the Media will continue to provide cover for all of these democrat communist lies and will not now or ever report any of the truth.

It is still stunning how Dictator Obama and Hillary Clinton (Putting on their somber face #2 masks at the ceremony at Dover AFB) lied to the parents of the Benghazi 4 over the dead bodies of their sons. How much more cold and unfeeling get it get with these two power mad pyschopaths.

We are under the totalitarian boot of the souless and the lawless.

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Kimbly May 2, 2014 at 9:44 am

I still remember exactly where I was when I heard of the attack. I felt like our country had been attacked (And it had). The pictures haunted me. Now I am sickened beyond belief at the cold blooded acts and abject failure of this administration. Those pictures should be shown again and again. This is not a “scandal”, this is a call for impeachment and prosecution.

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Julie Brueckheimer May 2, 2014 at 9:44 am

Your article doesn’t say if this latest e-mail is part of a cache unveiled by Judicial Watch, but I wonder how much more is to come out. The thing that struck me was all the copies which were sent to these people. It means they all are implicated by their silence and failure to turn their copies over to Congress. This is indeed starting to look like a Watergate style cover-up.

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Julie Brueckheimer May 2, 2014 at 9:50 am

To clarify: I am wondering if Atkisson and Judicial Watch are tied or if these are separate investigations.

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ol gator May 2, 2014 at 9:57 am

Yes , it does Julie. Just by volume alone, this corrupt admin.
makes Pres. Nixon’s actions look petty compared to this lying
bunch of criminals… all for the good of their idol/comrade ubama they bow to.

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PBB May 2, 2014 at 9:47 am

Of course they knew………there was a cable sent from the consulate that reported their own protection force from the Libyan Militia were photographing the interior of the consulate.

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2012/11/02/State-Dept-Officials-Denied-Foreign-Emergency-Support-Team-For-Benghazi-Consulate

What was interesting in this article our newest WH spokesman Tommy Viteor is quotedthe most senior people in government worked on [the Benghazi attack] from the minute it happened.”

Dude, I still can’t believe this guy was allowed to be a spokesperson. He was Senator Obama’s Van Driver. The spokespersons are a perfect reflection of the lack of experience and inability of this administration.

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ol gator May 2, 2014 at 10:00 am

any idea what HE is covering for to receive such a promotion?

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gracepmc May 2, 2014 at 10:01 am

Cheryl Mills on the Board of BlackRock! Wow. Lying for Shrillary about 4 undefended Americans murdered in a terrorist attack pays well these days. And I am sure she is a brainiac director.

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Geoff Caldwell May 2, 2014 at 1:04 pm

I hear she’s working with Sheila Jackson-Lee to form a company to send to Mars to retrieve Armstrong’s flag from ’69 for the Smithsonian.

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Julie Brueckheimer May 2, 2014 at 10:15 am

It was unfortunate for CBS but fortunate for the truth and the country that Sharyl Attkisson was working for them. I hope she is being protected.

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harv sibley May 2, 2014 at 10:41 am

The ice begins to crack……

H

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Lynn II May 2, 2014 at 11:07 am

I am so repulsed by the juveniles operating in the White House….the betrayal for political expediency is overwhelming. How could they sit and not do a damned thing for our people. It’s just unforgivable…

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Sherard Dukes May 2, 2014 at 11:28 am

I knew from the beginning the Obama admin was lying. That is all they have done since day one…

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swissik May 2, 2014 at 7:46 pm

Many of us knew but apparently not enough to have changed the outcome of the presidential election. Plus Romney didn’t help the situation any when he refused to debate the subject. For someone of his age and life experience one would expect that he figured out by now that wanting to be noble doesn’t pay off nor does it impress ppl like Obama or for that matter the majority of Dems. They never, never give up and they don’t eat their young the way the Repubs do.

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BigDave May 2, 2014 at 11:54 am

I’m just glad this whole mess doesn’t rise to the level of scandal as Watergate did. Just counting the dead bodies from Watergate takes my breath away. Oh wait. No dead from that scandal, on 4 dead from these inept clowns.

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Jiminy May 2, 2014 at 12:19 pm

Keith, please keeping putting these stories out there about how deceitful the Obama administration is and about how they continue to obfuscate and act as if they are above the law. Don’t let up, don’t lose focus. Don’t let this story die in one week from now. Please let’s all keep the news front and center about how divisive, dishonest and destructive Obama and his minions are. Obama needs to be held accountable and we need to encourage our representatives in Congress who want to do the right thing to stay focused and indeed do the right thing to clean up the leadership in this country.

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swissik May 2, 2014 at 7:48 pm

….and I bet she still uses her Obama phone and uses her EBT cards. Bug off!

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Bisquoto May 4, 2014 at 7:40 am

I think you meant to say, “this one will take some more bold faced lies” to explain.

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