White House Silent On Meeting Where Benghazi Talking Points ‘Drastically Pared Down’
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CBS News’s Sharyl Attkisson scored interviews with a number of anonymous White House officials who agreed to talk candidly about the Administration’s reaction to the September 11 terror attack in Libya.
What they apparently refuse to talk about, though, is something else no one else will talk about: a crucial meeting, mentioned by Obama Advisor Ben Rhodes in emails recently made public, that took place surrounding the shaping of the CIA’s talking points:
As the various agencies worked to edit and approve the talking points on Sept. 14, Mr. Obama’s Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes emailed that there would be a Deputies meeting the next morning to work out the issues. “That’s polite code for let’s not debate this on e-mail for 18 hours,” said one official involved. (Ben Rhodes is the brother of CBS News President David Rhodes.)
Even today, nobody will say on the record, or even off the record to CBS News, who was at the Deputies meeting on the morning of Sept. 15, where the talking points were drastically pared down for Rice’s use. The approved version called the attacks “demonstrations” that “evolved” after being “spontaneously inspired” by protest at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo. All mentions of terrorism, al Qaeda and previous warnings given by the CIA had been excised.