Rice Got Flawed Benghazi Intelligence: CIA Deputy
Yesterday's congressional hearings offered little clarity
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Nov 16, 2012 1:00 AM CST
This June 7, 2012 file photo shows US Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice.   (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

(Newser) – When Susan Rice gave reporters an inaccurate account of the Benghazi attack five days after it occurred, she was simply repeating the assessment she had been given at the time, according to the CIA's deputy head. The UN ambassador had been briefed on the attack, and the intelligence she was given—that it was a protest gone wrong, rather than a terrorist attack—was faulty, Mike Morell told Congress in closed-door hearings yesterday. Political motivations didn't come into play, said Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff, who told reporters about the hearings, the AP reports. Republicans have frequently attacked Rice for her account following the attacks.

Yesterday saw two in a series of Congressional committee hearings on Benghazi this week. The hearings featured a National Counter Terrorism Center presentation that contained footage from drones and cameras on the scene—and was reportedly hard to decipher. The attacks "involved many, many people, and it’s a mix of intent, motivation, a mix of skill, armament," an official tells the Daily Beast. David Petraeus is scheduled to testify today; after an independent review, Hillary Clinton will testify in December.

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sunniladi
Nov 17, 2012 3:16 PM CST
Q. why do you think obama told reporters not to go after rice? A. because he's KNOWS he's completely to blame. Q. why did rice give out "flawed" information? A. becasue it came from a flawed president. the truth is, 5 days later, obama was more than willing to let rice take the fall. shame on him.
JT119
Nov 17, 2012 8:00 AM CST
The difference between RICE now BUSH/chaney then, is, while the intelligence was saying to bush/chaney "there wasn't evidence of WMD, bush/chaney was disseminating information counter to the intelligence report. All this lady did was to pass on the intelligence report as she got it. the problem this LADY has or rather, the problem the republicans have with her is she is WOMAN and a woman of color, and the last but major problem is, she is intelligent,unlike the windbags women they have in their camp
Doctor-Zaius
Nov 16, 2012 4:25 PM CST
You're fishing expedition will yield nothing GOP. There are no blue dresses this time. You're playing with fire that's burned you before...Go ahead, make our day.