White House Releases Benghazi Emails
They cover the development of 'talking points' after attack
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted May 15, 2013 5:17 PM CDT
In this Sept. 13, 2012, photo, a Libyan man investigates the inside of the U.S. consulate in Benghazi a day after the attack.   (AP Photo/Mohammad Hannon, File)

(Newser) – If you can't get enough of the Benghazi story, the White House has some reading for you: This afternoon, it released 100 pages of emails and other internal notes that show how its "talking points" evolved after the attack, reports the Washington Post. You can dig in here, as the Washington press corps is surely doing. Snippets of the emails among the White House, State Department, CIA, and FBI had leaked already, leading critics to charge that the State Department was trying to tone down the link to terrorism so it wouldn't look bad. Others disputed that assertion, and the White House apparently hopes the full release will at least ease the controversy, says the Wall Street Journal.

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reallybig
May 16, 2013 11:30 AM CDT
TRUTH BE TOLD ...... Obama, release the security tapes from (10) security cameras in the US compound .. and the security tapes from the (CIA) secret annex .. and the tapes from the Obama killer drones .. and e-mails and notes, and Ambassador Stevens diary .. from 09-11-2012 and 09-12-2012 .. on the assassination of US Ambassador Stevens, and (3) other Americans, in Benghazi Libya. THE TRUTH ..... Team Obama couldn't wait to release the drone and helmet camera videos of the killing of the unarmed sick and dying old man Bin Laden .. and the capture of the Boston bomber .. so why .. can't the Benghazi tapes be released? THE TRUTH ..... Why have all the 09-11-2012 and 09-12-2012 Benghazi security tapes and all the other documents from these dates .. been classified as "TOP SECRET" .. and why can't the (31) US survivors and the (7) Libyan US compound guards being confined in Germany .. be allowed to talk with anybody? ..... WHY? My opinion? ... Ambassador Stevens was assassinated, and now it's "TOP SECRET" ---------- REALLY
gssusarr
May 16, 2013 9:40 AM CDT
Still not a word from the White House to why our people (Diplomats) were even in Benghazi when every other Embassy was shut down and had pulled their people out. Amazing how this is ignored by the politicians and so many writing here! Could it be because the arrogant former leader of the State Department and the Commander in Chief in the White House never evaluated the risk properly? The CIA had warned them of the dangers!!
orlandojonny
May 16, 2013 9:12 AM CDT
The Benghazi-related emails released by the White House late May 15 exclude the critical emails between administration officials that were sent during the crucial first two days after the deadly jihadi attack that killed four Americans last September. The 100 pages of partially redacted emails also conclude with a dismissive message from CIA chief David Petraeus. “Frankly, I’d just as soon not use this,” Petraeus said about the heavily edited, four-sentence “talking points” that the White House used to downplay Al Qaeda’s role in the Sep. 11 attack on the poorly protected diplomatic compound