State Department said it never linked video to Libya attacks

Well, that's a matter of opinion, as we shall see. But the Associated Press is reporting that the State Department now claims that it "never believed the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, was a film protest gone awry." The State Department's extraordinary break with other administration offices came in a department briefing Tuesday, where officials said "others" in the executive branch concluded initially that the protest was based, like others in the Middle East, on a film that ridiculed the Prophet Muhammad. That was never the department's conclusion, a senior official told reporters. The Republican-led House Oversight and Government Reform Committee holds a hearing Wednesday on diplomatic security in the attack that killed U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens and three other Americans. The attack as become a political football in the final weeks before the election. The committee's chairman, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., has accused the State...(Read Full Post)