WHITE HOUSE DISCOUNTS STORY ABOUT BENGHAZI EMAILS
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WASHINGTON - White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, is dismissing a Reuters story which says emails show that the White House knew two hours after the Benghazi attack that it was an act of terrorism.
“There were emails about all sorts of information that was coming available in the aftermath of the attack,” Carney said during a gaggle with reporters on Air Force One.
“The email you are referring to was an open source email referring to an assertion made on an assertion made on a social media site that everyone in this room has access to and knew about instantaneously.”
Carney says that the email to which Reuters refers was not the only information coming in.
“The whole point of an intelligence community and what they do is to assess strands of information and make judgements about what happened and who was responsible,” he said.
“I would refer you to what we have said about, and what the DNI (director of national intelligence) has already said about the initial assessments of the intelligence community and the fact that throughout this process I and others made very clear that our preliminary assessments are preliminary that an investigation was under way.”
Carney says the email in question was an “open source, unclassified email” which referred to a posting on a Facebook site.
“I would also note that within a few hours the organization itself claimed that it had not been responsible. Neither should be taken as fact. That is why there is an investigation.”
The Obama administration has come under fire for its response to the attack, which was initially described by officials as a spontaneous riot caused by a portion of an anti-Islamic film that was leaked online. Two weeks after the attack, the White House officially certified that it was carried out by terrorists in tandem with angry mobsters.
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