Hillary Clinton: al-Qaeda Behind Libya Attack
Sources say US intelligence knew that 'within 24 hours'
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Sep 27, 2012 10:33 AM CDT
Hillary Clinton speaks at a conference in New York, Sept. 26, 2012.   (AP Photo/David Karp)

(Newser) – Hillary Clinton appeared to draw a line from al-Qaeda to the attack on the US consulate in Libya yesterday, further complicating the administration's somewhat muddled account of events. Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and "other violent extremists" are trying to "undermine the democratic transitions under way in North Africa, as we tragically saw in Benghazi," Clinton said during a high-level UN meeting, the New York Times reports.

The administration has resisted calling the consulate attack "terrorism," drawing criticism from the right. (The Washington Post has a full timeline of the administration response here.) But sources tell Fox News that US intelligence knew within 24 hours that al-Qaeda affiliates were behind the attack. The Daily Beast had a similar report yesterday, indicating officials could even pinpoint who was responsible and where they were. "There was very good information on this in the first 24 hours," one official said. "These guys have a return address."

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Sep 29, 2012 12:32 PM CDT
any truth to the report that Clinton approved private guards for the embassy - with no bullets allowed in their guns? to keep a low USA profile in Libya??? according to an agreement approved by her with Libya???
Sep 28, 2012 12:33 PM CDT
doh geeewizzzzzzzzzzzzzz hill ,alqueda? do ya think? i guess you dont! doh!
Sep 28, 2012 9:13 AM CDT
Of course Fox News says it's al-Qaeda. EVERYTHING that goes wrong, or can whip up a fury, or anesthetise people against war is "al-Qaeda" according to Fox. If you asked Fox News heads and reporters "Who or what IS al-Qaeda?" they would stammer and stutter and tell a few more lies. Fox has many names for "terrorism" - they sometimes call it "Shock n Awe"; They sometimes call it "extraordinary rendering"; They sometimes call it "harsh interrogation"; But when they don't like it, it's TERRORISM - and it's al-Queda.