5 O’Clock News Dump: WH Releases 100 Pages of Benghazi Records, E-mails

Posted by on May 15, 2013 at 5:24 pm

Be assured they’re redacted, spliced, diced and julienned into some nice Media Matters-type talking points. Is there anyone left that will be assured they’re forthcoming? I didn’t think so.

The White House released more than 100 pages of e-mails on Wednesday in a bid to quell critics who say President Barack Obama and his aides played politics with national security following the deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya.

The exchanges detailing discussions between top Obama administration officials from multiple agencies suggest the CIA took the lead in developing talking points to describe the attack last September 11 that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.

Those talking points, which were requested by members of the House Intelligence Committee, were originally drafted by the CIA. The lawmakers had requested unclassified information they could use in media interviews. Following the original drafting of talking points, CIA analysts made a handful of significant changes, according to administration sources.

Here are the emails in PDF.

This is over particular interest on p. 11, from an item dated September 14:

Three days later they were blaming the Cairo protests? That continues in an email chain, then on p. 36 theres this:

How can they soften it? Seems they’re more concerned with PR than dead bodies. From p. 37:

It goes on, a horrific mess of redacted names and information. Fast-forward to p. 88, now on 9/15. Still the same Cairo nonsense:


P. 95. Same thing:


Some transparency, huh?

One Response to “5 O’Clock News Dump: WH Releases 100 Pages of Benghazi Records, E-mails”

  1. It's those damn kids! on 15/15/13 at 8:12 pm

    In that it has been 8 months, these documents are surely pristine, right?

    By pristine, I mean recently cobbled together.