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United States Department State Washington, D.C. 20520 
APR 2014' 
Case No. F-2012-38774 
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Date: 04/1 7/2014 
Q: Can you explain again the President's comment about why Egypt was not ally? think you heard answer this yesterday. Egypt critical partner the United States. 
you know, the President had important conversation with President Morsi very early 
yesterday morning about the need protect our embassy and personnel Cairo, and the need 
denounce the violence. 

President Morsi expressed his condolences for the tragic loss American life Libya and 
emphasized that Egypt would honor its obligation ensure the safety American personnel. 
This was not effort change our relationship with Egypt any way. have had long
standing partnership with Egypt, and have supported their transition democracy. are now 
working build our relationship with what obviously new govenunent. Are you concerned that our relationship with Egypt and other Muslim countries 
quickly deteriorating? the Arab Spring now about hatred America? think need step back bit. The Arab Spring was about people across the region rising demand their basic rights. 
The protests we're seeing today were sparked disgusting and reprehensible video. would also remind everyone that though protests are what you the news, there are 
millions Muslims around the world that are simply trying about their day and raise their 

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Clearly, there are protests talcing place different countries around the world that are 
responding the movie that has circulated the lntemet. 

 Secretary Clinton said yesterday, the United States government had nothing with this movie. reject its message and its contents. find disgusting and reprehensible. America has history religious tolerance -and respect for religious beliefs -that goes back our nation's founding. are stronger because are the home people all religions -including millions Muslims -and reject the denigration religion. 

 also believe that there justification all for responding this movie with violence. Muslims the United States and around the world have spoken out against violence, which has place reUgion and way honor religion. lslam respects the fundamental dignity human beings, and violates that dignity wage attacks innocents. 

 especially wrong for violence directed against diplomatic missions. These are places whose very purpose peaceful --to promote better understanding across countries and cultures. Governments everywhere have responsibility protect these places. 

 hard for some people around the world understand why the United States doesn't prevent movies like this from seeiQg the light day. impossible today's world. Furthennore, our country has long tradition free expres.sion, which protected bythe law. Our government does riot -and cannot -stop individual citizens from expressing their views. 

Those who care about religious tolerance -and who respect religious beliefs -must not allow tiny minority people provoke conflict between different religions, cultures, and countries. All lead.ers must draw stark line against violence. 

 have seen growing public condemnations this week's violence coming from all 
corners the world. Muslim Leaders, interfaith leaders, governments, private citizens, 
and organizations have made clear and unequivocal statements rejecting the content 
this video, but echoing the message that there justification respond this video 
with violence. 

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Din, Susan 
From: McPhillips, Alex (USUN) 
Sent: Friday, September 14, 2012 12:34 

ro: 	Rice, Susan (USUN); DiCar1o, Rosemary (USUN); Torsella, Joseph USU N); Delaurentis, Jeffrey Cousens, Elizabeth (USUN); Ahmed, Salman (USUN); Singh, Priya (USUN); Finerty, Tressa (USUN); Lillie, Katie (USUN); Pan, Michael (USUN); Pascal,Alexander (USUN): Oat-Judge, Siobhan; Hughes, Alexandra (USUN); Cenzer, Matthew (USUN); Lord, Peter (USUN); Schrenell, Hillary (USUN); Whalen, Robert COL (USUN); Si'monoff, Mark (USU N); Hill, Steven (USUN); Benenson, Anya; Sabar, Aisha; USUNIW users-DL; USUN-MiddleEast-DL; USUN-Libya-DL 
Cc: USUN-Media-Officers Subject: OHCHR Release Pillay concerned spreading violence wake "malicious and provocative" film 

Pillay concerned spreading violence wake "malicious and 
provocative" film 
GENEVA "(14 September 2012) -UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay Friday urged religious and politlcal leaders thei utmost restore calm the wake the "malicious and provocative" anti-Islam film that has led tostreet protests some more countries across the world. 

She condemned the murders diplomats and Libyan embassy employeesIn Benghazi and the 
violence that has taken place there and elsewhere. 

"The film malicious and deliberately provocative and portrays disgracefuJly distorted image Muslims," Pillay said. fully .understand why people wish protest strongly against it, and their right peacefully. However, utterly condemn the killings Benghazi, ar:id other violent and destructive 
eactions the film, and urge religious and political leaders make major ef(ort restore calm. 
o1elcome the fact that the Libyan Government has vowed bring those responsible justice." 
Noting that the film was the latest string deliberately provocative acts products targeting particular religions and their followers -several which have led similar vfolent reactions and killings -Pillay said that sometimes the best way deal with such provocations was ignore them. "Deliberate and obnoxious acts this type should deprived the oxygen publicity," she said, "As the Secretary-General has stated, the fault line not between Muslim and non-Muslim societies," she added, "but between small number extremists different sides, with vested Interest .stirring hostility and conflict."  

Recalling the murder more than people (including seven staff) Afghanistan April 2011, after another deeply provocative act pastor Florida, Pillay said "It deeply tragic and reprehensible that people who have nothing whatsoever with these disgraceful stunts should lose their lives enraged mobs and extremists countries such Libya and Afghanistan." 
The human rights chief noted that there legal framework -in particular Articles and the International Covena.nt Civil and Political Rights -which offers strong protective measures all forms expression, while the same time giving States the possibility impose restrictions that are provided law and which are necessary for the respect the rights and reputations others. March 2011, the Human Rights Council passed unanimous resolution (Res 16/18) that provides 
comprehensive road map for coordinated national and international effort ensure that certain rights 
and freedoms are not misused undermine other rights and freedoms. addition, over the years, 
 1umber human rights mechanisms have contributed efforts clarify where the lines should 
:rawn between free speech and hate speech. Since October 2008, the High Commissioner for Human 
Rights has been spearheading global effort promote legal framework based international human 

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Sent: Thursday, September 27, 2012 07:56 
To: McDonough, Denis Urage and resolve built partnerships with Libyan revolutionaries helped them they planned build new Libya When the Qaddafi 
gime came end, Chris was there seve our ambassador the Libya, and worked tirelessly support this young democracy, and iink both Secretary Clinton and relied deeply his knowledge the .tuation the ground there was role model all who worked with and the young diplomats who aspire walk his -footsteps 
Along with his colleagues, Chris died country that still :riving emerge from the recent experience war Today the loss 1ese four  Americans fresh, but our memories them linger on. have doubt that their legacy will live through the work that they did far om our shores and the hearts those who love them back home course yesterday was already painful day for our nation .rked the solemn memory the 9/11 attacks mourned with the .milies who were lost on that day visited the graves troops who .de the ultimate sacrifice Iraq and Afghanistan the hallowed 01 -ids Arlingt9n Cemetery and had the opportunity say thak you 1C.. some our wounded warriors Walter Reed And then las't .ght learned the news this attack Beghazi Americans let never, ever forget that our freedom only
:stained because there people who are wil ling fight for it, .and for and some case.s, lay down their lives for it. Our 1untry only strong the character our people and the service 
those both civilian and military who represnt around the globe acts terror will ever shake the resolve this great nation, ter that character eclipse the light the values that stand 
r Today mourn four more Americans who represent the very best  Uni ted States America. will not waver our commitment see .at justice done for this terrible act And make mistake jus tice done 
But also know that the lives these Americans led stand tark ntrast those their attackers These four Americans stood for eedom and human dignity. They should give every American great pride country that they erved and the hope that our lag represents ople around the globe who also yearn live freedom and wth i.ty 

U.S. artment State Case No. F-2012-38774 Doc No. C05415820 Date: 04/17/2014 grieve with their amilies, but let carry their memory, and continue their work seeking stronger America and better 
for all our children 
hank you . May God bless the memory those lost and may God the United States America. 

END 10:48 

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From: Pelton, Obtained Judicial Watch, Inc. via FOIA
Sent: Wednesday, September 12, 2012 11:22 
To: Rice, Susan (USUN); DiCar1o, Rosemary (USUN); Torsella, Joseph (USUN); Delaurentis, Jeffrey Cousens, Elizabeth (USUN); Ahmed, Salman (USUN); Singh, Priya (USUN); Lillie, Katie (USUN); Pan, 
Michael (USUN); Pascal, Alexander {USUN); Oat-Judge, Siobhan; Hughes, Alexandra (USUN); Finerty, 
Tressa (USUN); Schrenell, Hillary (USUN); Whalen, Robert COL (USUN); Benenson, Anya; Sabar, 
Aisha; USUN/W users-DL; USUN-Ubya-DL 
Subject: Statements Members Congress Libya 
Statements Members Congress Libya 
"We are anguished and outraged the death four citizens the United States, including .Ambassador Chris Stevens, during attack the U.S. Consulate Benghazi. Our thoughts and prayers out their families. 
"Chris was one America's finest and bravest diplomats, and also someone considered friend. the midst .fast year's uprising Libya, Chris traveled great personal risk Benghazi represent the country he. loved the U.S. envoy the Libyan opposition. advanced American interests and values Libya and stood with the Libyan people throughout their struggle for freedom and during the challenging times that followed. His death the hands ofextremists tragic and awful loss for the peole both the United States and Libya. 
"There still much not know about what happened Benghazi yesterday. What clear, however, that the attackers must apprehended and punished. appreciate that senior Libyan leaders have condemned these cowardly attacks, and now look the Libyan government ensure that the perpetrators are swiftly brought justice, and that U.S. diplomats are protected. have confidence that our own government will provide all necessary assistance this end. 
"Yesterday's attack tragic and terrible reminder that -despite the hopes the Arab Spring the forces violent extremism the Middle East are far from defeated, and that the revolutions inspired millions people who dream freedom and democracy can still hijacked small groups violent extremists who are eager kill advance their evil ideology. 
"Despite this horrific attack, cannot give the temptation believe that our support for the democratic aspirations people Libya, Egypt, and elsewhere the broader Middle East naive mistaken. cannot resign ourselves the false belief that the Arab Spring doomed defined not the desire for democracy and freedom that has inspired millions people peaceful action, but the dark fanaticism terrorists. 
"To follow this misguided path would not only victory for the extremists and their associates, but betrayal everything for which Chris Stevens and his colleagues stood and 
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gave their lives. short, would betrayal our own best ideals Americans and our own enduring interest using our great influence support the overwhelming majority people the Middle East who want free from the kinds murderers and terrorists who killed our people yesterday Benghazi." 
"We mourn for the families our countrymen Benghazi, and condemn this horrific attack. Eleven years after September this jolting reminder that freedom remains under siege forces around the globe who .relish violence over free expression, and terror over democracy
and that America and free people everywhere must remain vigilant defense our liberties." 
STATEMENT LEADER REID was deeply disturbed and saddened learn the deaths Ambassador Chris Stevens and 
three other American personnel attack the U.S. Consulate Libya. join President 
Obama condemning these senseless acts violence. And thoughts are with the families 
those who were killed this horrific attack. too often forgotten that American diplomats risk their lives daily basis. Our diplomatic 
corps filled with admirable and dedicated public servants. And the four Americans who lost 
their lives yesterday exemplified the courag and sacrifice that happens every day diplomatic 
posts across the globe have traveled many America's embassies abroad, and have always been impressed 
and grateful for the leadership and commitment America's ambassadors and State Department 
personnel. Ambassaor Stevens was career Foreign Service officer and former Peace Corps 
volunteer, who spent his life giving his time and his talents promote democracy and 
American values. support President Obama's directive increase security our diplomatic posts around the 
world, and provide whatever resources necessary keep our personnel Libya safe. And 
will continue the monitor the situation learn more 'about these terrible events. 

STATEMENT LEADER CANTOR: condemn the attacks our consulate Benghazi and Embassy Cairo violent 
extremists. prayers are with the families Ambassador Chris Stevens and the other brave 
Americans who lost their lives this unjustifiable and hateful assault. Ambassa.dor Stevens and 
his colleagues were known for having stood firmly the side the Libyan people against 
tyranny, and were untiring heir efforts help the Libyan people establish peaceful and 

 tolerant democracy. These brave and honorable public servants deserve the respect the 
American and Libyan people, for whom they tragically gave their lives. 

"These terrible incidents highlight the ongoing security challenges Libya and Egypt, and call 
upon the Libyan and Egyptian govenunents protect diplomatic facilities, secure their borders, 
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and redouble efforts combat extremist terrorism within their countries. Eleven years after 
September 11, clear that lslamic extremist terrorism stil poses tremendous threat the 
Middle East, the United States, and the international community. These attacks will not 
deter America from continuing promote peace, democracy, individual and religious freedom 
and unwavering respect for Obtained Judicial Watch, Inc. via FOIA
"Our thoughts and prayers rest with the families and loved ones Ambassador Stevens and the 
three other Americans killed this vicious and heinous attack against the U.S. diplomatic post 
in-Benghazi. condemn this brazen assault the strongest possible terms. 
"These American diplomats served the front lines our efforts work with the Libyan 
people toward future democracy, freedom, justice, and stability. Their commitment peace 
and security stand stark contrast those who perpetrated this violent act. 

"On visit Libya and the region earlier this year, met with some the courageous foreign service officers representing our nation the Middle East, despite enonnous risk their own safety. mourn the loss the Americans Benghazi, pay tribute to.all the men and women standing their post abroad behalf our values and our partnerships across the globe." 
STATEMENT REPRESENTATIVE HOYER: was deeply saddened learn this morning the news from Libya the tragic death Ambassador Christopher Stevens, Foreign Service Information Management Officer Sean Smith and two other American personnel attack Benghazi. Their families are prayers today. Ambassador Stevens and Sean Smith were distinguished career diplomats who embodied the best our Foreign Service and were instrumental helping Libya's democratic transition. 
"Yesterday's orrific attack reminder all that there are thousand heroic Americans serving our country overseas every day, and that they deserve our gratitude and recognition. Some wear the unifonn our Anned Forces, others doctors' robes. From humanitarian workers the seas
ned negotiaors our-embassies, those who serve overseas spite the dangers they expect face. Through their service, they show the world the best America.  
"Yesterday, four these proud Americans paid the ultimate price, the name the values that make our nation great -the protection basic rights, religious freedom, and the development democratic institutions. The extremists who carried out this horrendous attack will not change 
our unswerving commitment these values and they must brought swift justice. 

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diplomats justice. both Libya and Egypt, their govenunents have obligation resolutely condemn these violent attacks and protect American diplomatic missions and personnel based their soil. 
"The Libyan and Egyptian people should Wlderstand that the U.S. shares their commitment 
building more hopeful and prosperous nations. However, left unchecked, violent attacks like 
these against our embassies and diplomats will lead Libya and Egypt down dark path and rob 
them their hopes more prosperous and democratic future. The broader publics "in Libya 
and Egypt should condemn the violence and distance themselves from the unruly and intolerant 
elements their society that threaten the security and future their nations." 

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Din, Susan 

From: McPhillips, Alex (USUN) Sent: Thursday, September 13, 2012 12:29 To: Rice, Susan (USUN); USUN-Libya-DL 

Subject: AFP /'Big advance' consulate attack probe: Libya 
'Big advance' consulate attack probe: Libya 

September 13, 2012 "big advance" has been made the probe into the deadly attack the consulate Libya's second city Benghazi, Prime Minister Mustafa Abu Shagur told AFP exclusive interview Thursday. 

"We have made big advance," Abu Shagur said his first interview since his election premier Wednesday. 
"We have some names and some photographs. Arrests have been made and more are under way speak." 
The new prime minister did not elaborate how many suspects wer.e custody what groups, any, they were 
connected to. 
"We don't want categorise these people until know all the facts," said. 
Deputy Interior Minister Wanis al-Sharif was similarly reticent about going into details when spoke AFP earlier 

"The interior and justice ministries have begun their investigations and evidence gathering and some people have been 
rested," said. declined give any details the numb!!r people custody their backgrounds "so not hamper the smooth running the investigation." 

Initial reports said that Ambassador Chris Stevens and the three other Americans were killed mob outside the consulate Libya's second largest city Tuesday they tried flee angry protest against US-produced movie 
deemed offensive Islam. 
But now believed Stevens died from smoke inhalation after becoming trapped the compound when suspected Islamic militants fired building with rocket-propelled grenades and set ablaze. officials are investigating the possibility that the assault was plot Al-Qaeda affiliates sympathisers, using the protest against the film as cover carry out coordinated revenge attack Tuesday's anniversary the September 11, 2001 attacks the United States. 
The finger blame initially fell hardline Sunni Islamists the Sala fist group Katibat Ansar al-Sharia (Brigade the Supporters Sharia). 
But statement Thursday, the group condemned "the accusations without any verification investigation" which had emerged against the Libyan media. 

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Date: 04/17/2014 
Fox News Sunday 
Host: Chris Wallace 
Time: 9:00 a.m. EDT, Date: Sunday, September 16, 2012 

MR. WALLACObtained Judicial Watch, Inc. via FOIA: Leland Vittert reporting from Cairo --Leland, thanks for' that: foining now our ambassador the United Nations, Susan Rice. Ambassador, welcome back "Fox News Sunday." 
MR. WALLACE: This week, there have been anti-American protests two dozen countries across the Islamic world. The White House says has nothing with the president's policies. Let's watch. 
protests directed the United States writ large U.S. policy. This response video 

that offensive. 
MR. WALLACE: You don't really believe that? 
AMB. RICE: Chris, absolutely believe that. Because, fact, the case. had the evolution the Arab spring over the last many months. But what sparked the recent'violence was the airing the Internet very hateful very offensive video that has. offended many people around the world. 
Now, our strong view that there excuse for violence. absolutely reprehensible and never justified. But, fact, there have been those various parts the world who have reacted with violence. Their governments have increasingly and effectively responded and protected our 
facilities and condemned the violence and this outrageous response what offensive video. But there question that what have seen the past, with things like Satanic Verses, with the cartoon the Prophet Muhammad, there have been --such things that have sparked outrage and anger and this has been the proximate cae what we've seen. 
MR. WALL-ACE: Now, may have sparked it, Ambassador, but critics say that this outpouring outrage against the U.S. has everything with the U.S. policies, that are disengaging from that part the world, that pulled out Iraq, are pulling out Afghanistan, that Iran continuing with its nuclear program. And they say, our critics, that our allies longer trust us, and our eemies longer fear us. 
AMB. RICE: Well, Chris, that's just false. And let's plain --our partners and allies have responded effectively and promptly when have asked them protect our facilities and our people. 
MR. WALLACE: Well, let's --it took three days Cairo.
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Date: 04/17/2014  
MR. WALLACE: And when Netanyahu requested.a meeting, the president, said was too 
busy meet with him. 
AMB. RICE: Let address MR. WALLA CE: Let just ask the question, may. 

AMB. RICE: thought you had. I'm sorry. 
MR. WALLACE: Well, no, haven't. They'll question mark the end. that how treat 
our best friend the region? 

AMB. RICE: Well, let answer that question three parts. First all, the overall 
relationship with Israel. Prime Minister Netanyahu and Defense Minister Barak have 
repeatedly said, the intelligence and security relationship between the United States and Israel 
present unprecedented. has never been stronger. That's --those are their words. So, that's the 
overall nature our relationship, very strong --stronger than ever. 

'Secondly, with respect Iran. The United States, President Obama has been absolutely crystal 
clear that the United States will not allow Iran acquire nuclear weapon and wilJ what takes prevent that from happening. All options remain the table. The president has been 
very clear about that and that incJudes the military option. This not policy containment, 

Chris. the president has repeatedly said, it's policy prevent Iran from acquiringa nuclear 
weapon. That the bottom line 'if the prime minister prefers call it, red line. That's the 
bottom line. 

Now, have also said and think are constant communication with Israeli security and 
intelligence and policy officials that still. think that there time through economic pressure 
which unprecedented well. Iran's economy now shrinking per(fent year. Its oil 
production down percent. Its currency has plumnieted percent just the last several 
months sanctions have gone into fullest effect. think there stil time and space for that 
pressure yield result. The bottom line, Chris, the only way permanently end Iran's

nuclear program decides give that program up. 
Now, the most solemn decision that president can ever take decision war. And 
President Obamas view will what takes it. But before resort the use force, let sure have exhausted other means including sanctions, pressure and diplomacy ensure 
that Iran fully and finally gives its nuclear weapons. 

MR. WALLACE: Let's talk the time have left about the
AMB. RICE: You asked about the visit would like address that too
MR. WALLA CE: Well, know. have limited time. I'm happy --if you want along, happy well. 
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AMB. RICE: don't want leave that hanging. That was the third point wanted address. 
you know, the president coming the General Assembly New York the United 
Nations. He'll there the beginning the week, Monday and Tuesday. Prime Minister 
Netanyahu coming toward the end the week. Their schedules don't match. There 
opportunity for them meet New York. 
MR. WALLA CE: The prime minister would willing I'm sure go. And fact there are 
suggestions from the Israelis Washington. 

AMB. RICE: Well, the prime minister hasn't asked for meeting Washington, Chris, and one 
was never denied. 
MR. WALLA CE: The point clearly, you watched what just said, said that countries 
that don't set red lines don't have the moral authority put red lights Israel. That doesn't 
sound like happy ally, Ambassador. 
AMB. RIC: Well, first all, are very close partners and friends and always will be. That enduring aspect the U.S.-Israeli relationship. 

MR. WALLACE: Then why did the president call Prime Minister Netanyahu the middle 
the night and talk for hour? 
AMB. RICE: Precisely because they are friends, and when friends need say something each other, they pick the phone and talk. And they talked for hour. was good conversation and it's the nature our relationship that these two partners speak one another regularly. have daylight between the issue preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapon. That our clear bottom line and the president could not any plainer about it. 

MR. WALLACE: Let's talk about the attack the U.S. consulate Benghazi this week that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens. The top Libyan official now says that the attack the consulate Tuesday was, quote, his words "preplanned". alQaida says the operation was revenge for our killing top al-Qaida leader. What know? 
AMB. RICE: Well, first all, Chris, are obviously investigating this very closely. The FBI has lead this investigation. The iformation, the best information and the best assessment have today that fact this was not preplanned, premeditated attack. That what happened initially was that was spontaneous reaction what had just transpired Cairo consequence the video. People gathered outside the embassy and then grew very violent. Those with extremist ties joined the fray and came with heavy weapons, which unfortunately are quite conunon post-revolutionary Libya and that then spun out control. 
But don't see this point signs that this was coordinated, planned, premeditated attack. Obviously, will wait for the results the investigation and don't want jump conclusions before then. But d.o think it's important for the American people know our best current assessment. 

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MR. VALLACE: All right. And the last question, terror cells Benghazi had carried out five 
attacks since April, including one the same consulate, bqmbing the same consulate 
June. Should U.S security have been tighter that consulate given the history terror activity Benghazi?  
AMB. RICE: Well, obviously did have strong security presence. And, unfortunately, two 
ofthe four Americans who died Benghazi were there provide security. But obviously 
wasn't suf(lcient the circumstances prevent the overrun the consulate. This among the 
things that obviously will looked the investigation unfolds and it' also why have 
MR. WALLA CE: there any feeling that should have been stronger beforehand? 
AMB. RICE: It's also why reinforced our presence, our security presence Tripoli the 
aftermath this, well other parts the world. can't judge that, Chris. I'm --we have see what the assessment reveals .But, obviously, there was significant security presence defending our consulate and our other facility Benghazi and that did not pr'?ve sufficient the 
moment. WALLACE: Ambassador Rice, want thank you much for coming today and discussing the fast-moving developments that part the world. 
Thanks much. 

AMB. RICE: Thank you for having me. 
MR. WALLACE: next, the head the House Inte
lligence Committee, Mike Rogers, with 

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AMB. RICE: Well, Candy, first all, let's recall what has happened the last several days. 
There was hateful video that was disseminated the internet. had nothing with the 
United States government and it's one that find disgusting and reprehensible. It's been 
offensive many, many people around the world. 

That sparked violence various parts the world, including violynce directed against western 
faci lities including our embassies and consulates. That violence absolutely unacceptable, it's 
not response that one can ever condone when comes such video. And have been 
working very closely and, indeed, effectively with the governments the region and around the 
world secure our personnel, secure our embassy, condemn the violent response this video. 

And, frankly, we've seen these sorts incidents the past. We've seen violent responses 
"Satanic Verses." We've seen violent responses the cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed evil way. this something we'ye seen the past, and expect that it's possible that 
these kinds things could percolate into the future. What we're focused securing our 
personnel, securing our facilities. 

MS. CROWLEY: you this moment feel that U.S. embassies abroad are secure? 
AMB. RICE: are doing our utmost secure our facilities and our personnel various 
vulnerable places. have demanded and are receiving the cooperation host 
governments. Host governments have also put out very strong messages Libya, Egypt, 
Yemen and Tunisia condemning violence, saying that it's completely unacceptable response 
such video. And feel that are now position doing the maximum that can 
protect our people. 

MS. CROWLEY: Why would one not look what going the Middle East now and say 
that the president's outreach Muslims, which began the beginning his administration 
Cairo and elsewhere has not worked because, yes, this video sparked it, but there 
underlying anti-Americanism that very evident the streets. why would not look 
and think that this this outreach has failed? 

AMB. RICE: For the same reason, Candy, when you look back history and had the 
horrible experience our facilities and our personnel being attacked Beirut 1981; had the 
attack Khobar Towers the 1990s. had attack our embassy Yemen 2008. 
There have been such attacks. There have been expressions hostility towards the west. 

MS. CROWLEY: But this was sort reset, was not? was supposed reset U.S.
Muslim relations? 
AMB. RICE: And indeed, fact, there had been substantial improvements. [have been 
Libya and walked the streets Benghazi myself. And despite what saw that horrific 
incident where some mob was hijackd ultimately handful extremists, the United States 
extremely popular Libya and the outpouring sympathy and support for Ambassador Stevens 
and his colleagues from the goverrunent, from people evidence that. 

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The fact is, Candy, that this turbulent time. It's time dramatic change. It's change that 
the United States has backed because understand that when democracy takes root, when 
human rights and people's freedom expression can manifested, may lead turbulence 
the short-tenn, but over the long-term, that the interest the United States. 

The mobs we've seen the outside these embassies are small minority. They're the ones who 
have largely lost these emerging democratic processes, and just the people these 
countries are not going allow their lives hijacked dictator, they're not going allow extremist mob hijack their future and their freedom. And we're going continue stand 
with the vast majority the populations these countries that want freedom, that want better 
future. And understand that we're with them that long-term endeavor. 

MS. CROWLEY: All right. U.S. Ambassador the ffN. Susan Rice. got let you here. 
AMB. RICE: Thank you. Thank you very much. 

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ABC "This Week with "George Stephanopoulos" 
Guest Host: Jake Tapper 
Time: 9:00 a.m. EDT, Date: Sunday, September 16, 2012 
MR. TAPPER: Obtained Judicial Watch, Inc. via FOIAoff. are now the 
home stretch, just days until the election, and our powerhouse roundtable standing get all the week's politics. 

But, first, the crisis that has the potential shake the presidential race, the murder four 
Americans, including the U.S. ambassador Benghazi, Libya, Tuesday and the wave anti
American protests and violence now sweeping the globe. 

For more what happened and why, let's bring the U.S. ambassador the United Nations, 
Dr. Susan Rice. 

Dr. Rice, thank you for joining us. 
SUSAN RICE: Good with you, Jake. 
MR. TAPPER: So, first all, what the latest you can tell who these attackers were 
the embassy the consulate Benghazi? We're hearing that the Libyans have arrested 
people. They are saying that some people involved were from outside the country; that there 
ight have even been al-Qaida ti'es? 
What's the latest information? 
MS. RICE: Well, Jake, first all, it's important know that there's FBI investigation that 
has begUn and will take some time completed. That will teltus with certainty what 

But our current best assessment based the information that have present that, fact, 
what this began was spontaneous, not premeditated, response what had transpired Cairo. Cairo, you know, few hours earlier, there was violent protest that was undertaken reaction this very offensive video that was disseminated. believe that folks Benghazi, small number people, came the embassy --or the consulate rather --to replicate the sort challenge that was posed Cairo. And then, that unfolded, seems have been hijacked, let say, some individual clusters extremists who came with heavier weapons, weapons that, you know, the wake the revolution Libya, are quite corrunon and accessible. And then evolved from there. 
We'll wait see exactly what the investigation finally confinns, but that's the best infonnation have present. TAPPE: Why was there such security breakdown? Why was there not better security the compound Benghazi? Why were there not U.S. Marines the embassy Tripoli? 

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MS. RICE: Well first all, had substantial security presence with our
MR. TAPPER: Not substantial enough though, right? 
MS. RICE: --with our personnel and the consulate Benghazi. Tragically, two the four 
Americans who were killed were there providing security. That was their function. 
And, indeed, there were many other colleagues who were doing the same with them. It, 
obviously, didn't prove sufficient the nature the attack and sufficient that moment. 
And that's why, obviously, have reinforced our remaining presence Tripoli and why the 
president has been very clear that, Libya and throughout the region, are going call the 
governments, first all, assume their responsibilities protect our facilities and our 
persormel, and are reinforcing our facilities and our embassies where possible. 

MR. TAPPER: But why
MS. RICE: And where needed. 
MR. TAPPER: But why would not have Marines the embassy Tripoli begin with? 
would seem like this is, obviously, unstable country. This region where U.S. interests 
have been attacked previous months. 

Why were there not Marines there begin with? 
MS. RICE: First all, there are Marines some places around the world. There are not 
Marines every facility. That depends the circumstances. That depends the requirements. 
Our presence Tripoli, Benghazi, relatively new, you will recall,. We've been back 
post revolution only for matter months. 
But visited there myself both Tripoli and Benghazi. was very grateful have strong 
security presence with part qur embassy detachment there. certainly are aware that Libya place where there have been increasingly some violent 
incidents. The security personnel that the State Department thought were required were place. 
And we'll see when the investigation unfolds whether --what was --what transpired Benghazi 
might have unfolded differently different circumstances.  

But the president has been very clear the protection American personnel and facilities and 
will remain our top priority. That's why we've reinforced our presence Tripoli and elsewhere. 
MR. TAPPER: Look this map, you would. There have been protests around the world over 
the last several days. And President Obama pledged repair America's relationships with the 

Muslim world.  
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Why does the U.S. seem impotent? And why the U.S. even less popular today some 
these Muslim and Arab countries than was four years ago? 
MS. RICE: Jake, we're not impotent. We're not even less popular, challenge that assessment. don't know what basis you make that judgment. 
But let
MR. TAPP ER: just seems that the U.S. government powerless this --as this maelstrom 

MS. RICE: It's actually the opposite. First all, let's clear about what transpired here. What 
happened this week Cairo, Benghazi and many other parts the region

MR. TAPPER: Tunisia, Khartoum
MS. RICE: --was result, direct result heinous and offensive video that was widely disseminated, that the U.S. government had nothing with, which have made clear reprehensible and disgusting. have also been very clear saying that there excuse for violence. There --we have condemned the strongest possible terms. 
But let's look what's happened. It's quite the opposite being impotent. have worked with the governments Egypt. President Obama picked the phone and talked President Morai Egypt. And soon did that, the security provided our personnel our embassies dramatically incred. 

President Morsi
MR. TAPPER: took two days for President Morsi say anything about it. 
MS. RICE: President Morsi has.been out repeatedly and said that condemns this violence. He's called off --and his people have called off any further demonstrations and have made very clear that this has stop. 
MR. TAPPER: Well, you bring .__ 

MS. RICE: Now, and the same, frankly, Tunisia, Yemen and, course, Libya, where the government has gone out its way try step security and express eepest remorse for what has happened. are quite popular Libya, you might expect, having been major partner their revolution. What transpired outside our consulate Benghazi was not expression deepseated anti-Americanism the part the Libyan people. Quite the contrary. The counterdemonstrations the outpouring sympathy and support for Ambassador Stevens and 

for the United States, the government Libya and the people the streets saying how pained 
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they are this much more reflection sentiment towards the United States than small 
handful ofheavily armed mobsters. 

MR. TAPPER: That, certainly, according polling, the case Libya, not the case Egypt. 
And since you brought President Morsi, let try get some clarification something. 
President Obama was asked about the relationship with Egypt Wednesday, and this what 

PRESIDENT OBAMA: (From video.) don't think that would consider them ally, but 
don't consider them enemy. They are new government that trying find its way. 

MR. TAPPER: The United States has sent billions dollars U.S. taxpayer money Egypt 
over the last few decades. And, definition, you know, according the State Department, 
Egypt major non-NA ally the United States. 

Why would President Obama say Egypt not ally? 
MS. RICE: Well, first all, the president has been very clear, and everybody understands that 
Egypt very critical partner the United States, has long been so. That relationship remains 
the same. And the president wasn't signaling any change the nature
MR. TAPPER: Was trying nudge Morsi? 
MS. RICE: The president wasn't signaling any change the nature our relationship: 
Obviously, the president had conversation with President Morsi and very productive one 
which underscored that it's, course, the responsibility the Egyptian government host 
protect-diplomatic personnel and facilities, including our own. And saw that President Morsi, 
immediately after that, took dramatic steps improvethe security our facilities Cairo and 
elsewhere and then went out and repeatedly made number very important and powerful 
statements condemning theviolence and conveying the message that, however hateful such 
video may be, there absolutely justification for violence againstthe United States other 
Western partners. what we've seen that the president has been incredibly calm, incredibly steady and 
incredibly measured his approach this set developments. And his interventions, his 
leadership has ensured that, Egypt, Yemen, Tunisia, inLibya and many other parts the 
world, that leaders have come out and made very plain that there's excuse for this violence. heard Prime Minister Erdogan Turkey say the same. heard the grand mufti Saudi 
Arabia say the same; that there's excuse for violence; that violence condemned and 
that governments have responsibility protect United States personnel and facilities and those all foreign diplomats. 

MR. TAPPER: know you have go, but very quickly, was the president that interview 
trying nudge President Morsi get your act together? 

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NBC "Meet The Press" 
Host: David Gregory 
Time: 9:00 a.m. EDT, Date: Sunday, September 16, 2012 
MR. GREGORY: And good morning. Relative calm this morning the Middle East after 
several days intense anti-American protest rated across many parts the Islamic world. The 

word this morning that the Obama administration has ordered the evacuation all but 
emergency personnel from diplomatic missions Tunisia and Sudan, and Defense Secretary 
Leon Panetta saying this morning the Pentagon has deployed forces several areas 
increased effort protect U.S. personnel and property from the potential violent protest, the 
latest consequences, course, this troubling unrest. 
Joining now for the very latest, the U.S. ambassador the United Nations, Susan Rice. 
Ambassador Rice, welcome back "Meet the Press." 
AMBASSADOR SUSAN RICE: Thank you, good here. 
MR. GREGORY: The images, you well know, are jarring Americans watching all this 
play out this week, and we'll share the map all this tunnoil with our viewers show the 
scale across not just the Arab world but the entire Islamic world, and flashpoints, well. Egypt, course, the protests outside the U.S. Embassy there that Egyptian officials were slow put down. This weekend Pakistan, protests, well, there. More anti-American rage, also 
protests against the drone strikes. Yemen, you also had arrests and some deaths outside our 

U.S. Embassy there. 
How much longer can Americans expect see these troubling images and these protests 
AMB. RICE: Well, David, can't predict with any certainty, but let's remember what has 
transpired over the last several days. This response hateful and offensive video that was 
widely disseminated throughout the Arab and Muslim world. 

Obviously, our view that there absolutely excuse for violence, and that what has 
happened condemnable. But this spontaneous reaction video, and it's not dissimilar 
but perhaps slightly larger scale than what have seen the past with "Satanic Verses," 
with the cartoon the Prophet Mohammed. 

Now, the United States has made very clear, and the president has bt1en very plain that our top 
priority the protection American personnel our facilities and bringing justice those who 
attacked our facility Benghazi
MR. GREGORY: Well, let's talk --you talk about this spontaneous. Can you say definitively 
that the attacks our consulate Libya that killed Ambassador Stevens and others there, 
security personnel --that was spontaneous? Was planned attack? Was there terrorist 
element it? 

AUTHORITY: Archie Bolster, Senior 
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invites this kind chaos; that the administration has not been tough enough radical 
extremists that are beginning take root these countries. How you respond tat? 
First all, think the American people and certainly our diplomats and development experts who are putting their lives the line and around the world every day expect, from our leadership, unity times challenge, and strong, steady, steadfast leadership the sort that President Obama has been providing. 
With respect this, think, vacuous charge weakness, let's recall think the American people fully understand that this administration led president who said, when ran for office, that would take the fight al-Qaida. have decimated al-Qaida. Osama bin Laden dead. said would end the war responsibly Iraq. have done that. has restored relationships around the world. spend every day the United Nations where have interact with 192 other countries. know how well the United States viewed, Obtained Judicial Watch, Inc. via FOIA
MR. GREGORY: Was inappropriate for Governor Romney levei-the criticism leveled? 
AMB. RICE: I'm not going get into politics, David. That's not role this job. But think the American people welcome and appreciate strong, steady, unified leadership --bipartisan times challenge. And for those men and women our diplomatic service, including those tragically lost, they look our leadership unified and responsible. 
MR. GREGORY: Let's talk about another area where the.administration the defensive terms leadership the world, and that the nuclear threat from Iran. Another area tension between the United States and Israel --in just couple minutes, will show oudnterview with the prime minister ofisrael, Benjamin Netanyahu,. and our viewers will see that. 
One aspect how close Iran getting becoming nuclear power. asked him about that. 
want show you piece the interview and get your reaction it. 
ISRAEL PRIME MINISTER BENJAMIN NETANYAHU: (From videotape.) can tell you, 
David, that Iran has been placed with some clear red lines few matters, and they've avoided 
crossing them. think that they get closer and closer and closer the achievement 
weapons-grade material --they're very close, they're six months away from being about 
percent having the rich uranium for atom bomb think that you have place that red line before them now before it's too late. 
MR. GREGORY: (From videotape.) the prime minister Israel, has Iran crossed your red line? 
PRIME MINISTER NETANYAHU: (From videotape.) Well, the way would say it, David, they're the red zone. You know, they're the last yards, and you can't let them cross that 
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goal line. You can't let them score touchdown because that would have unbelievable 

consequeObtained Judicial Watch, Inc. via FOIAces, grievous consequences for the peace and seurity all the world, really. 
MR. GREGORY: What President Obama's line the sand --the point which says 
Iran, don't cross this with your nuclear program there's going military consequence? 

AMB. RICE: David, the president has been very, very clear. Our bottom line, you want call red. line, the president's bottom line has been that Iran will not acquire nuclear weapon, and will take option off the table ensure that does not acquire nuclear weapon, including military option. 
MR. GREGORY: The prime minister says they are acquiring. 
AMB. RICE: But he's talking about red zone, which new concept
MR. GREGORY: No, he's talking about how close they are actually becoming nuclear 
power --having the development capacity become nuclear power. 

AMB. RICE: They're not there yet. They are not there yet. And our assessment is, and share this regularly with our Israeli counterparts the intelligence and defense community, that there time and space for the pressure are mounting, which unprecedented terms sanctions still yield results. This not imminent. The window not infinite, but let's clear: The sanctions that are now place reached their high point July. 
The Iranian economy suffering. It's shrinking for the first time, negative percent growth. The amount production 'Iranian oil has dropped percent over the last several months. Their currency has plummeted percent over the last several months. This pressure is, even use the Iranians' own words: "crippling.11 
MR. GREGORY: But can you say that President Obama's strategy keep Iran from acquiring nuclear weapon almost the end his first term succeeding failing? 
AMB. RICE: David, what clear Iran does not have nuclear weapon, and that Iran more isolated than ever internationally, the economic pressure facing much greater than ever. When President Obama came office, the international community was divided about Iran, and Iran was, internally, very united. The ex:act opposite the case today --the international community united. just had another strong resolution out the IAEA Board Governors, and the internal dynamics Iran are fracturing and the leadership divided. are committed, and President Obma committed preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapon. not licy containment. But, David, the most difficult and profound decision that any president has make decision war. And this president committed exhausting pressure, economic pressure and diplomacy, while there still time, before making decision such consequence. 

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CBS Face the Nation" 
Host: Bob Schieffer 
Time: 10:30 a.m. EDT, Date: Sunday, September 16, 2012 

MR. SCHIEFFER: And joining now, Susan Rice the U.N. ambassador our U.N. 
Madam Ambassador, says that this something that's been the planning stages for months. understand you have been saying that you think was spontaneous. Are not the same page here?  
SUSAN RICE: Well, Bob, let tell you what understand the assessment present. First all, very importantly, you discussed with the president, there investigation that the United States government will launch led the FBI. That has begun and
MS.RICE: They're not the ground yet, but they have already begun looking all sorts evidence various sorts already available them and us. And they will get the ground and continue the investigation. we'll want see the results that investigation draw any definitive conclusions. But based the best information have date, what our assessment the present is, fact, what began spontaneously Benghazi reaction what had transpired some hours earlier Cairo where, of'course, you know, there was violent protest outside our embassy sparked this hateful video. 
But soon after th;:it spontaneous protest began outside our consulate Benghazi, believe that looks like extremist elements --individuals --joined that --in that effort with heavy. weapons the sort that are, unfortunately, readily now available Libya post-revolution arid that spun from there into something much, much more violent. 
MR. SCHIEFFER: But you not agree with him that this was something that had been plotted out several months ago? 
MS. RICE: not have inforniation present that leads conclude that this was 
premeditated pre-planned. 
MR. SCHIEFFER: you agree disagree with him that al-Qaida had some part this? RICE: Well, we'll have find that out. mean, think it's clear that there were extremist 
elements that joined and escalated the violence, whether they were al-Qaida affiliates, whether 
they were Libyan-based extremist al-Qaida itself, think, one the things we'll have 
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MR. SCHIEFFER: There seems demonstrations more than cities far know 
yesterday. there any sense that this leveling off? RICE: Well, Friday, course think that's what you're referring --there were number places around the world which there were protests, many them peaceful, some them turned violent. 
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What happens going forward --I think would unwise for any predict with certainty. Clearly, the last couple 9fdays hve seen reduction protests and reduction violence. don't want predict though what the next days will yield. 
MR. SCHIEFFER: The Romney campaign continues criticize the administration. Paul Ryan was the campaign trail yesterday saying that the Obama administration has diminished America's presence overseas and our image. direct quote: "If protect ifwe project weakness, they come. are strong, our adversaries will not test and our allies will respond us."  
What your response that? 
MS. RICE: It's twofold. First all, Bob, think the American people expect, times 
challenge overseas, for our leaders nified and come together and steadfast and 
steady and calm and responsible. And that's certainly what President Obama has been. 
With respect what think very empty and baseless charge weakness, let's plain. mean, the American people know the record very well. President Obama said when was running for president that would refocus our efforts ana attentions al-Qaida. We've 
decimated al-Qaida. Osama bin Laden gone. also said would end the war Iraq responsibly. We've done that. has protected civilians Libya, and Gadhafi gone. serve United Nations, and see every day the difference how countries around the world view the United States. They view partner. They view assomebody they want work