Report: Early Post-Benghazi Briefings Focused on Al Qaeda, Before Story Changed

Posted by on Oct 29, 2012 at 10:01 am

By the time we finally get the truth on this mess we’ll find out it was all political. Remember now, a mere five days before the Benghazi terror attack Joe Biden’s speech at the Democrat convention included plenty of talk about how al Qaeda was dead and what a “spine of steel” Obama had.

That spine sure looks to be made of tin foil now.

Two days after the Libya terror attack, representatives of the FBI and National Counterterrorism Center gave Capitol Hill briefings in which they said the evidence supported an Al Qaeda or Al Qaeda-affiliated attack, Fox News has learned.

The description of the attack by those in the Sept. 13 briefings stands in stark contrast to the now controversial briefing on Capitol Hill by CIA Director David Petraeus the following day — and raises even more questions about why Petraeus described the attack as tied to a demonstration.

The Sept. 13 assessment was based on intercepts that included individuals, believed to have participated in the attack, who were celebratory — as well as a claim of responsibility.

FBI and NCTC also briefed that there were a series of Al Qaeda training camps just outside of Benghazi, where the attack occurred and resulted in the deaths of four Americans. The area was described as a hotbed for the militant Ansar al-Sharia as well as Al Qaeda in North Africa.

Fox News is told there was no mention of a demonstration or any significant emphasis on the anti-Islam video that for days was cited by administration officials as a motivating factor.

The FBI and NCTC did not immediately respond to a request from Fox News for comment.

Fox News is told that the Petraeus briefing on Sept. 14 conflicted with that of the FBI and NCTC.

On Capitol Hill, Petraeus characterized the attack as more consistent with a flash mob, where the militants showed up spontaneously with RPG’s. Petraeus downplayed to lawmakers the skill needed to fire mortars, which were also used in the attack and to some were seen as evidence of significant pre-planning. As Fox News previously reported, four mortars were fired — two missed the annex, but the mortar team re-calibrated and the next two mortars were direct hits.

Fox News is told that Petraeus seemed wedded to the narrative that the attack was linked to a demonstration and was spontaneous as opposed to pre-meditated.

We doubt Petraeus actually believes this nonsense. So  who was feeding him the bogus info on the video?

3 Responses to “Report: Early Post-Benghazi Briefings Focused on Al Qaeda, Before Story Changed”

  1. JamesMc on 31/31/12 at 1:28 pm

    Obama trots out Zombie Bin Ladin to do another death of terrorism victory dance, the first ambassador gets murdered in over 30 yrs. by terrorists.

    Our Embassies get attacked by moslem extremists, Obama apologizes for a video hurting their feelings.

    Barrack Obama, Super-Genius.