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Clinton Was First Official To Blame Benghazi Attack On YouTube Video

- October 11, 2015

Around 10:00 PM On The Night Of The Attack, Clinton Issued A Statement Confirming The Death Of An American In Benghazi And Made Reference To An Anti-Muslim Video. “About 10:00 p.m.: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton issues a statement confirming that one State official was killed in an attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. Her statement, which MSNBC posted at 10:32 p.m., made reference to the anti-Muslim video.” (“Benghazi Timeline,” FactCheck.org, 5/2/14)

  • Clinton, September 11, 2012: “Some Have Sought To Justify This Vicious Behavior As A Response To Inflammatory Material Posted On The Internet.” “Some have sought to justify this vicious behavior as a response to inflammatory material posted on the Internet. The United States deplores any intentional effort to denigrate the religious beliefs of others. Our commitment to religious tolerance goes back to the very beginning of our nation. But let me be clear: There is never any justification for violent acts of this kind.” (Hillary Clinton, Statement On The Attack In Benghazi, 9/11/12)

Obama’s Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta: “And I Just, From The Very Beginning, Sensed That This Was An Attack, This Was A Terrorist Attack On Our Compound.” LEON PANETTA: “I didn’t have any specific information, but the fact was when you bring grenade launchers to a demonstration, there’s something else going on. And I just, from the very beginning, sensed that this was an attack, this was a terrorist attack on our compound.” (MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports,” 10/7/14)

Retired Africom General Robert Lovell: I Dismissed The Idea That Benghazi Resulted From A YouTube Video. ISSA: “And in the hours that ensued after the attack on our consulate compound in Benghazi, did you hear YouTube video?” LOVELL: “Briefly discussed, but not from any serious standpoint.” ISSA: “What time did you first hear that there was a video, roughly?” LOVELL: “It would -- it was early on in the evening of September 11th.” ISSA: “Before 3:15 in the morning.” LOVELL: “Yeah, absolutely. We were -- absolutely; I would have to say probably dismissed that notion by then, by working with other sources.” ISSA: “OK. I just want to follow up with this one last thing. You heard about this early on, and you -- as the deputy and the highest-ranking person that moment, working these issues, you dismissed the idea that this attack was, in fact, a demonstration that went awry and was based on a YouTube video out of Los Angeles.” LOVELL: “Yes, sir; short answer.” (House Oversight And Government Reform Committee, U.S. House Of Representatives, Hearing,  5/1/14)

Former Deputy CIA Director Mike Morell On Obama Administration Officials Citing The Video: “My Reaction Was, That’s Not Something That The Analysts Have Attributed This Attack To.” MIKE MORELL: “I did not see her on the Sunday shows. As I said, I was in a deputies’ meeting, and I--” REP. MILLER: “You’ve never seen it since?” MORELL: “--it was probably days later that I read what she said on the shows.” MILLER: “And what was your reaction when you finally did?” MORELL: “My reaction was twofold. One was that what she said about the attacks evolving spontaneously from a protest was exactly what the talking points said, and it was exactly what the intelligence community analysts believed. When she talked about the video, my reaction was, that’s not something that the analysts have attributed this attack to.” (House Permanent Select Committee On Intelligence, U.S. House Of Representatives, Hearing, 4/2/14)

Former Deputy Chief Of Mission Greg Hicks: “I Think Everybody In The Mission Thought It Was A Terrorist Attack From The Beginning.” “‘I think everybody in the mission thought it was a terrorist attack from the beginning,’ Greg Hicks, a 22-year foreign service diplomat who was the highest-ranking U.S. official in Libya after the strike, told investigators under authority of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Hicks, the former U.S. Embassy Tripoli deputy chief of mission, was not in Benghazi at the time of the attack, which killed Chris Stevens - then the U.S. ambassador to Libya - and three other Americans.” (Lindsey Boerman, “Official: We Knew Benghazi Was Sa Terrorist Attack ‘From The Get-Go,’” CBS News, 5/5/13)

 

 


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