Released Benghazi Emails ‘Directly Contradict’ White House Narrative Of Events

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According to Weekly Standard blogger Stephen F. Hayes, who’s perused all 94 pages of post-Benghazi internal email communications the White House finally released on Wednesday, the Barack Obama Administration’s official, public narrative immediately following the Benghazi, Libya, attacks has zilch in common with what Administration and intelligence officials were saying among themselves as they came up with talking points to frame the President’s immediate response.

“The documents… directly contradict claims by White House press secretary Jay Carney and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that the revisions of those talking points were driven by the intelligence community and [instead] show heavy input from top Obama administration officials, particularly those at the State Department,” notes Hayes.

And guess what? There is no mention of the inflammatory Youtube video that Obama, in the immediate aftermath, continually blamed for outraging mobs of Muslims and inspiring the Benghazi attack. Well, no mention except one: in a subject line of an email dealing with revisions to the Administration’s talking points.

Later on, Obama shifted that blame to organized terrorists, saying that he’d called the attack an act of terror from the beginning.

Four people, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens, died during the Sept. 11 attack.

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