Email from Libyan embassy warned Clinton not to use YouTube video as reason for Benghazi attack

How much more evidence do we need to prove that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton knew full well that the Benghazi attack was a well planned terrorist operation and not a "spontaneous" response to an anti-Mohammed YouTube video?

The House Select Committee on Benghazi released an email sent from the embassy in Tripoli to the State Department that warned Mrs. Clinton not to blame the Benghazi attack on the video.

The email was sent two days after the attack and stated clearly that it was a terrorist attack and not part of a demonstration against the video.


"Colleagues, I mentioned to [redacted] this morning, and want to share with all of you, our view at Embassy Tripoli that we must be cautious in our local messaging with regard to the inflammatory film trailer, adapting it to Libyan conditions,” the official wrote.

The official added:

Our monitoring of the Libyan media and conversations with Libyans suggest that the films [sic] not as explosive of an issue here as it appears to be in other countries in the region. The overwhelming majority of the FB comments and tweets we’ve received from Libyans since the Ambassador’s death have expressed deep sympathy, sorrow, and regret. They have expressed anger at the attackers, and emphasized that this attack does not represent Libyans or Islam. Relatively few have even mentioned the inflammatory video. So if we post messaging about the video specifically, we may draw unwanted attention to it.

“And it is becoming increasingly clear that the series of events in Benghazi was much more terrorist attack than a protest which escalated into violence,” the official continued. “It is our opinion that in our messaging, we want to distinguish, not conflate, the events in other countries with this well-planned attack by militant extremists. I have discussed this with [redacted] and he shares PAS’s view.”

This won't change anything, of course, but the committee thinks it proves Clinton continues to use "smokescreens" to hide the truth of her actions.

This email shows that State Department staff privately raised serious concerns about conflating the terrorist attacks in Benghazi with a video on the Internet, even as the Secretary of State and other Obama administration officials continued to do so publicly. Furthermore, according to the former head of the CIA, intelligence “analysts never said the video was a factor in the Benghazi attacks.” So while Secretary Clinton may use the “fog of war” as a convenient excuse for why she said one thing in private and something else in public, the reality is that’s just another smokescreen.

I think this is about as close as we're going to get to a smoking gun that the entire Obama administration was guilty of going in front of the American people and lying about the circumstances surrounding the death of our ambassador. To this day, they insist that the video was partly the cause of the attack. While their own embassy in Libya was insisting that not to be true, the administration tried to ride that narrative to election victory in November. Anything to maintain the fiction that al-Qaeda was "on the run" and that the attack wasn't foreseen by anyone.

No doubt the final report by the Committee will reflect this. But good luck getting its conclusions widely disseminated. The committee has already been dismissed as a partisan witch hunt against Hillary and any criticism of her invalid.


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