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Judicial Watch FOIA: State knew Ansar al-Sharia claimed Benghazi attack in first hours

Judicial Watch FOIA: State knew Ansar al-Sharia claimed Benghazi attack in first hours

FEBRUARY 27, 2015

Judicial Watch recently obtained emails from the State Department revealing that then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her top aides knew that Ansar al-Sharia caused the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack. Despite that, Clinton told the American people the attack was caused by a spontaneous riot in response to a YouTube video critical of Islam. She claimed the CIA gave her that information, but the CIA denied these allegations. Read more about these emails from our press release here.

Here is a snippet of the article, which explains why Clinton might have pushed the YouTube cover up story:

So why the big head-fake about the video? Hillary Clinton and others say that the information came from the CIA, and have been saying that since this narrative fell apart in late September 2012. The CIA has pushed back through leaks of its own against that allegation. These documents establish that State certainly knew enough to question any suggestion that it was just a riot run amok, if not discard it immediately. However, the “spontaneous demonstration” certainly looked better a few weeks ahead of a presidential election that admitting that Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton had not provided enough security for a diplomatic outpost in Libya after their campaign to decapitate the Qaddafi regime, and that the administration had not thought to ensure that a military response could be made on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.


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