Thursday, October 25, 2012 4:13 AM
White House Press Gaggle, October 24, 2012
Yesterday, Reuters, Fox, CNN, CBS and other media reported that on 9/11/12 emails went to top Obama administration officials alerting them that the Benghazi consulate was under terrorist attack. The first arrived at 4:05 pm ET on 9/11/12 -- 10:05 pm Benghazi time, about 25 minutes into the attack. At 6:07 pm ET, another email reported that Ansar Al-Sharia had claimed responsibility for the attack.
At some point after that, the White House cook-up-a-protest-that-didn't-happen and blame-the-video lie began.
Yesterday, also, White House spokesman Jay Carney -- he who repeatedly perepetrated the above lie in the weeks after the terrorist attack in Benghazi -- went before the press, the Fourth Estate, our eyes and ears. The skeptics. The questioners of authority.
The Benghazi emails didnt come up until Question #8.
For scene-setting purposes, it's worth nothing Question #7 was: "Based on some of those stats that you just shared, would you say that it’s your campaign that has the momentum?" Question #9 was: "One light question to end -- how much sleep did you guys get last night?"
Here, for the people, is #8:
Q Jay, there are some emails that have emerged, which suggest that the White House and other areas of the government were told within hours of the Benghazi attack that an extremist group had claimed responsibility. How is that compatible with the idea that it was a spontaneous attack?
MR. CARNEY: There were emails about all sorts of information that was becoming available in the aftermath of the attack. The email you’re referring to was an open-source, unclassified email referring to an assertion made on a social media site that everyone in this room had access to and knew about instantaneously.
There was a variety of information coming in. The whole point of an intelligence community and what they do is to assess strands of information and make judgments about what happened and who was responsible. And I would refer you to what we’ve already said about, and what the DNI has already said about, the initial assessments of the intelligence community, and the fact that throughout this process, I and others made very clear that our preliminary assessments were preliminary, that an investigation was underway, and that as more facts became available, we would make the American people aware of them.
Again, this was an open-source, unclassified email about a posting on a Facebook site. I would also note I think that within a few hours, that organization itself claimed that it had not been responsible. Neither should be taken as fact -- that’s why there’s an investigation underway.