Emails confirm White House & State Dept. were advised 2 hours after Benghazi consulate attack that Islamic terrorist group had claimed credit

The emails, obtained by Reuters from government sources not connected with U.S. spy agencies or the State Department and who requested anonymity, specifically mention that the Libyan group called Ansar al-Sharia had asserted responsibility for the attacks.

REUTERS  The brief emails also show how U.S. diplomats described the attack, even as it was still under way, to Washington.

U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed in the Benghazi assault, which President Barack Obama and other U.S. officials ultimately acknowledged was a “terrorist” attack carried out by militants with suspected links to al Qaeda affiliates or sympathizers.

Administration spokesmen, including White House spokesman Jay Carney, citing an unclassified assessment prepared by the CIA, maintained for days that the attacks likely were a spontaneous protest against an anti-Muslim film.

While officials did mention the possible involvement of “extremists,” they did not lay blame on any specific militant groups or possible links to al Qaeda or its affiliates until intelligence officials publicly alleged that on Sept. 28. There were indications that extremists with possible al Qaeda connections were involved, but also evidence that the attacks could have erupted spontaneously, they said, adding that government experts wanted to be cautious about pointing fingers prematurely.

U.S. intelligence officials have emphasized since shortly after the attack that early intelligence reporting about the attack was mixed. Spokesmen for the White House and State Department had no immediate response to requests for comments on the emails.

The records obtained by Reuters consist of three emails dispatched by the State Department’s Operations Center to multiple government offices, including addresses at the White House, Pentagon, intelligence community and FBI, on the afternoon of Sept. 11.

The first email, timed at 4:05 p.m. Washington time – or 10:05 p.m. Benghazi time, 20-30 minutes after the attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission allegedly began – carried the subject line “U.S. Diplomatic Mission in Benghazi Under Attack” and the notation “SBU”, meaning “Sensitive But Unclassified.”

The text said the State Department’s regional security office had reported that the diplomatic mission in Benghazi was “under attack. Embassy in Tripoli reports approximately 20 armed people fired shots; explosions have been heard as well.”

The message continued: “Ambassador Stevens, who is currently in Benghazi, and four … personnel are in the compound safe haven. The 17th of February militia is providing security support.”

A second email, headed “Update 1: U.S. Diplomatic Mission in Benghazi” and timed 4:54 p.m. Washington time, said that the Embassy in Tripoli had reported that “the firing at the U.S. Diplomatic Mission in Benghazi had stopped and the compound had been cleared.” It said a “response team” was at the site attempting to locate missing personnel.

A third email, also marked SBU and sent at 6:07 p.m. Washington time, carried the subject line: “Update 2: Ansar al-Sharia Claims Responsibility for Benghazi Attack.” The message reported: “Embassy Tripoli reports the group claimed responsibility on Facebook and Twitter and has called for an attack on Embassy Tripoli.”

While some information identifying recipients of this message was redacted from copies of the messages obtained by Reuters, a government source said that one of the addresses to which the message was sent was the White House Situation Room, the president’s secure command post.

By the morning of Sept. 12, the day after the Benghazi attack, Reuters reported that there were indications that members of both Ansar al-Sharia, a militia based in the Benghazi area, and al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, t h e North African affiliate of al Qaeda’s faltering central command, may have been involved in organizing the attacks.

One U.S. intelligence official said that during the first classified briefing about Benghazi given to members of Congress, officials “carefully laid out the full range of sparsely available information, relying on the best analysis available at the time.” The official added, however, that the initial analysis of the attack that was presented to legislators was mixed.

“Briefers said extremists were involved in attacks that appeared spontaneous, there may have been a variety of motivating factors, and possible links to groups such as (al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and Ansar al-Sharia) were being looked at closely,” the official said. 

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14 comments on “Emails confirm White House & State Dept. were advised 2 hours after Benghazi consulate attack that Islamic terrorist group had claimed credit

  1. while claiming responsibility for an attack is not proof of such a claim, it IS worth noting that the Obama regime took the opportunity to back the Muslim propaganda line that the attack was in response to the film aired earlier in the year. Complicit?
    Some I know who watch without hysteria or short term point of view have become convinced that Obama is the “Manchurian Candidate”, furthermore, they assert that the Trojan Horse is within the Gates. Headline by headline is sketchy (according to some…) but the long term direction of ACTION, ignoring the dialog, is all that is required to assess the regime.

  2. I know for a fact, during the (PDB), Presidental Daily Breifings, this so called pResident was told of this by the CIA, no protest, no video, dated on the 22nd of the month, yet he went on to the United Nithings, or in normalinda speak, (Limbaugh-speak) the U.N. on the 25th and said just the opposite, insisting islam’s prophet was dissed by some wacky Coptic Christian, who happens to be residing in the U.S., was to blame. Man, the lies are getting more bold-faced and up to date faster as the coming election becomes apparent he is about to be handed his lieing ass back to him. Let the trials begin now allah damnit, now.

    Semper Fi

  3. I know this was a planned attack by al quada it was a terror attack. I just wonder about empathy for the family of Christopher Stevens, and how they must feel when they look at these pictures of their loved one being drug in the streets, it must be hard on his family to see these pictures and the memory of these last pictures will be burned into their memories. I really wouldn’t want to have to remember my husband like this. I think I would be very sad to see pictures like this.

    • DR, these photos need to be seen, as hard as it must be for the family. Their son, while not deserving of such a horrific death, befriended these people. He supported the Palestinians against Israel. He helped arm (on behalf of the Obama Regime) the Libyan rebels (half of whom were al-qaeda related groups) and was currently helping to arm the Syrian rebels by sending weapons thru Turkey.He is not totally innocent in this and his thinking that Muslims were his friends, got him killed.

      Also, right after the attack, his father came out in the media defending the Obama Regime.

  4. Maybe, because of the timing, this will be the last of Obama’s great lies. I HOPE! Maybe this will be the last time his robots will find it necessary to cover his lying a$$ for him. I HOPE! Maybe he’ll spend the last few day in office just pardoning all the muslim terrorists, and creeps like Eric Holder and not search for more ways to perrmanently cripple our nation. I HOPE! Hang on to your hats! Ive heard that there is nothing more foul than a thrown out, narcisisstic racist. I guess we’ll just have to find out, won’t we?

  5. FUCKING TREEEASON!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    HE IS A L I A R!!!!!!!!!
    FUCKING STUPID LIBERALS!!!
    YOU BEAR RESPONSIBILITY FOR THIS!!!!!
    LOOK OUT AMERICA!!!! HE IS ON THE SIDE OF THE ENEMY!!!

    • so what do we the people do besides vote.? the US HOUSE doesn’t have the balls to bring treason charges against obama

    • I DO believe they (the jihadist bastards) are quite right on one point; that being that Obama is distracted and weak!!….He is more concerned about the people of America waking the hell up and seeing him as he really is, kissing muzzy jihadist asses on a consistent and continual basis, and always favoring his MB buds..

  6. Obama and his group are mistaken. They believe JIHAD can be separated from normative Islam.

    JIHAD IS THE CORE DOCTRINE OF ISLAM…i.e. DIVINE COMMAND VIOLENCE against anyone who disagrees with Mohammed.

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