Reuters: White House, State Dep’t received e-mails within two hours of Benghazi attack about jihadi group taking credit

posted at 11:21 pm on October 23, 2012 by Allahpundit

No Quotes of the Day tonight. Read this instead.

We actually know most of this already, I think. Remember this Reuters story from October 2 describing multiple intelligence reports about a jihadi connection even in the first few hours afterward? How about the AP’s piece four days ago about the CIA’s station chief informing the White House within 24 hours that militants might be involved? The White House had plenty of reason to suspect more was going on than a protest that got out of hand, even from the very beginning. But that would meddle with one of O’s strongest reelection narratives, i.e. the president who demolished Al Qaeda (read this for a stark illustration of how certain key supporters are helping him out with that), so we didn’t hear about it until Eli Lake and CNN and Reuters all but dragged it out of him.

What we didn’t know until now is that the White House Situation Room got a heads up on whodunnit early enough that Chris Stevens may well have still been alive at the time.

The emails, obtained by Reuters from government sources not connected with U.S. spy agencies or the State Department and who requested anonymity, specifically mention that the Libyan group called Ansar al-Sharia had asserted responsibility for the attacks…

A third email, also marked SBU and sent at 6:07 p.m. Washington time, carried the subject line: “Update 2: Ansar al-Sharia Claims Responsibility for Benghazi Attack.”

The message reported: “Embassy Tripoli reports the group claimed responsibility on Facebook and Twitter and has called for an attack on Embassy Tripoli.”

While some information identifying recipients of this message was redacted from copies of the messages obtained by Reuters, a government source said that one of the addresses to which the message was sent was the White House Situation Room, the president’s secure command post.

Carney mentioned afterwards that “extremists” might have been involved in the, ahem, spontaneous protest, but he didn’t name Ansar al-Sharia or suggest that U.S. intelligence had a particular group in mind. Which is curious, because the e-mails pointing to the group’s Twitter/Facebook claims weren’t the White House’s only piece of evidence against them. Eli Lake reported three weeks ago that American spies captured communications between Ansar al-Sharia and the local Al Qaeda affiliate after the attack.

More from Fox News:

Ansar al Sharia has been declared by the State Department to be a an Al Qaeda-affiliated group. A member of the group suspected of participating in the Sept. 11 attack in Benghazi has been arrested and is being held in Tunisia…

Fox News was told that an estimated 300 to 400 national security figures received these emails in real time almost as the raid was playing out and concluding. People who received these emails work directly under the nation’s top national security, military and diplomatic officials, Fox News was told.

If I understand the White House’s Benghazi narrative in its current form, it boils down to this. There was no protest, but the attack was still kinda sorta spontaneous insofar as it was inspired by what was happening at the embassy in Cairo. And it wasn’t an official Al Qaeda or Ansar al-Sharia operation, even though members of AQIM and Ansar al-Sharia — including the founder of the latter group — were on the scene and/or participating. Essentially, the White House wants you to believe that members of two prominent jihadist paramilitary groups were kicking around on September 11 when one of them turned on the TV, heard about the Mohammed movie from coverage of the Egyptian embassy assault, and decided to quickly pull together a complex, heavily-armed attack on the local U.S. consulate involving 20 or so people. Never mind that there had been harassment of, and attacks on, western interests in the city for months; these guys apparently had no serious designs on Chris Stevens or his compatriots until they heard about the YouTube video and hulked out in the form of an organized armed raid. The only thing that makes this story plausible is that security for Stevens at the compound was so disgracefully poor that hardened jihadis probably could have drawn up a play in the dirt outside the building and gotten to the ambassador. That’s Obama’s defense here, essentially — that the consulate was so easily breached thanks to threadbare protection for Stevens that it’s quite possible the whole thing was put together by amateurs, without planning.

Update: Patterico e-mails with a good catch about the Fox News excerpt quoted above. It’s Ansar al-Sharia in Yemen that’s been designated by State as an Al Qaeda affiliate, not Ansar al-Sharia in Libya. There are, in fact, multiple Ansar al-Sharias in Libya; I wrote a bit about that here. Al Qaeda HQ in Pakistan has evidently been using that name as an alias for some of its affiliates. The Benghazi group may or may not be one of them, but given their contacts with AQIM after the attack as described above, it’s probably a matter of time before State designates them an official AQ affiliate too.


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“[O]ne of the addresses to which the message was sent was the White House Situation Room…”

isn’t this supposed to be the “tech savvy” White House? Did they forget their password? How do you plead ignorance when they sent messages to everybody except santa@northpole.org??

ted c on October 24, 2012 at 6:56 AM

Jay-Z and Beyonce were busy playing Grand Theft Auto on the situation room computers so receipt of the e-mails was delayed.

Mitoch55 on October 24, 2012 at 9:06 AM

LSM coverage of this is sick. On cnn.com, there’s a timeline of what the administration has said about these attacks. Here’s how it starts:

September 12 — President Barack Obama:

“The United States condemns in the strongest terms this outrageous and shocking attack. … No acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation.”

ARE YOU KIDDING ME????

The first part of that quote is at the beginning of his remarks and the 2nd part of that quote is IMMEDIATELY AFTER he talks about 9-11, lives lost at that time, the sacrifice of the troops defending freedom, etc… Based on CNN’s editing, I think we should show the Presidents Sept. 12 comments as follows:

September 12 — President Barack Obama:

“The United States condemns in the strongest terms … the religious beliefs of others.”

In fact, if it was a President named Bush or Romney, I’m sure that’s what they would have done

Tar Heel Sooner on October 24, 2012 at 9:08 AM

I told you guys last night this was a big nothing burger. On our local morning news, the brief story came after a long piece on the Mourdock debate quote.

The only people that will pay attention are the people who frequent conservative web sites.

gumbyandpokey on October 24, 2012 at 9:13 AM

FIRST!

Gumby, get me a coffee. Now boy! Move!

Bishop on October 24, 2012 at 9:14 AM

Lying about Benghazi is staggering. People will go to jail for this. Even the President may go to jail for this. — Glenn Beck

petefrt on October 24, 2012 at 9:15 AM

I told you guys last night this was a big nothing burger.
gumbyandpokey on October 24, 2012 at 9:13 AM

There are 4 dead Americans who would disagree with you, schmuck.

kingsjester on October 24, 2012 at 9:16 AM

I told you guys last night this was a big nothing burger. On our local morning news, the brief story came after a long piece on the Mourdock debate quote.

The only people that will pay attention are the people who frequent conservative web sites.

gumbyandpokey on October 24, 2012 at 9:13 AM

The “lock” that Obama had on Ohio has just had the bolt cutters taken to it.

MobileVideoEngineer on October 24, 2012 at 9:17 AM

gumbyandpokey on October 24, 2012 at 9:13 AM

…you’re a “nothingpos” SDASTFU!

KOOLAID2 on October 24, 2012 at 9:18 AM

“I told you guys last night this was a big nothing burger. On our local morning news, the brief story came after a long piece on the Mourdock debate quote.

The only people that will pay attention are the people who frequent conservative web sites.

gumbyandpokey on October 24, 2012 at 9:13 AM

The “lock” that Obama had on Ohio has just had the bolt cutters taken to it.

MobileVideoEngineer on October 24, 2012 at 9:17 AM”

Did I miss a poll that came out showing Romney ahead?

I hope you just aren’t referring to the Rasmussen poll which had Obama dropping a point and Romney glued to his 48 percent, which seems to be his ceiling in OH.

gumbyandpokey on October 24, 2012 at 9:21 AM

“I told you guys last night this was a big nothing burger.
gumbyandpokey on October 24, 2012 at 9:13 AM

There are 4 dead Americans who would disagree with you, schmuck.

kingsjester on October 24, 2012 at 9:16 AM”

The American people just don’t care about Benghazi. Sorry if that bothers you, but it’s simple reality.

gumbyandpokey on October 24, 2012 at 9:22 AM

He watched them die. DESPICABLE Commander in Chief. DESPICABLE human being. “Please God. Have mercy on us. We have forgotten you. Forgive us. Help us in our hour of need.” My prayer.

Work for Romney and pray.

Portia46 on October 24, 2012 at 9:23 AM

Did I miss a poll that came out showing Romney ahead?

I hope you just aren’t referring to the Rasmussen poll which had Obama dropping a point and Romney glued to his 48 percent, which seems to be his ceiling in OH.

gumbyandpokey on October 24, 2012 at 9:21 AM

Hahahahahaha, if you actually knew anything about Ohio I may be more concerned, but you don’t even know anything about your own state let alone the state that I was born and spent 25 of my almost 30 years in. Tell me again how the auto bailout is a big deal in Ohio when it didn’t even help one third of the auto industry jobs in Ohio.

MobileVideoEngineer on October 24, 2012 at 9:25 AM

Donald J. Trump ‏@realDonaldTrump

All predictions re: my 12 o’clock release are totally incorrect. Stay tuned!

So the Obama Marriage Story is false as predicted. My guess is SS # story.

mitchellvii on October 24, 2012 at 9:30 AM

The only people that will pay attention are the people who frequent conservative web sites.

gumbyandpokey on October 24, 2012 at 9:13 AM

ABC News: Email Alerts Describe 9/11 Benghazi Consulate Assault Unfolding

CBS News: Emails detail unfolding Benghazi attack on Sept. 11

CNN: E-mails: White House knew of extremist claims in Benghazi attack

Reuters: Emails: White House told of militant claim two hours after Libya

Chicago Tribune: White House told of militant claim two hours after Libya attack: emails

United Press International: Emails offer insight on Benghazi attack

NPR News: Reports: Militants Quickly Claimed Responsibility For Benghazi Attack

Daily Kos: WH knew terrorist link to Benghazi within hours

Daily Beast: Emails: U.S. Knew Libya Attack Link

———-

Need more?

You really are a scumbucket, aren’t you? Don’t you think we can see through your little game gumbo – keep saying this story is a “nothingburger” to divert attention from the fact that it can do some damage to your boy king?

Idiot!

Flora Duh on October 24, 2012 at 9:32 AM

Any info on the upcoming Ohio voter fraud story concerning Mitt Romney’s son? I saw something on Breitbart earlier.

justonevictory on October 24, 2012 at 9:33 AM

There are 4 dead Americans who would disagree with you, schmuck.

kingsjester on October 24, 2012 at 9:16 AM

Not optimal.

Bishop on October 24, 2012 at 9:33 AM

We had troops stationed in Italy…an hour flight from Bengazi

workingclass artist on October 24, 2012 at 9:35 AM

The only people that will pay attention are the people who frequent conservative web sites.

gumbyandpokey on October 24, 2012 at 9:13 AM

ABC News: Email Alerts Describe 9/11 Benghazi Consulate Assault Unfolding

CBS News: Emails detail unfolding Benghazi attack on Sept. 11

CNN: E-mails: White House knew of extremist claims in Benghazi attack

Reuters: Emails: White House told of militant claim two hours after Libya

Chicago Tribune: White House told of militant claim two hours after Libya attack: emails

United Press International: Emails offer insight on Benghazi attack

NPR News: Reports: Militants Quickly Claimed Responsibility For Benghazi Attack

Daily Kos: WH knew terrorist link to Benghazi within hours

Daily Beast: Emails: U.S. Knew Libya Attack Link

———-

Need more?

You really are an idiot, aren’t you? Don’t you think we can see through your little game gumbo – keep saying this story is a “nothingburger” to divert attention from the fact that it can do some damage to your boy king?

And if you think people won’t pay attention, I suggest you google these stories, then read the comments.

Flora Duh on October 24, 2012 at 9:35 AM

It’s much worse than incompetence; there is malice involved. The video apologies that preceded the attack were actually a “go” signal. Someone in our govt, using official channels, collaborated with the jihadists that attacked our embassy and raped/killed our ambassador et al. The question is, who in our govt is working with our enemies?

TXJenny on October 24, 2012 at 9:42 AM

Of course he knew. Bark knew but kept packing for his trip because he isn’t the President of the nation, he’s the president of whomever opens their wallet for him.

Bishop on October 24, 2012 at 9:42 AM

“[O]ne of the addresses to which the message was sent was the White House Situation Room…”

Although, in retrospect, putting the “Subj:” as “P3nis you want! New Herbal Vigaria suplemend!!” might have not been a good idea, in terms of the spam filters…

bofh on October 24, 2012 at 9:46 AM

gumbyandpokey on October 24, 2012 at 9:22 AM

The only thing simple around here is you.

You haven’t a clue as to what is going on around you.

kingsjester on October 24, 2012 at 9:46 AM

TXJenny on October 24, 2012 at 9:42 AM

Better question: Who is our Government isn’t working with our enemies? The guy who leaked the emails, for one. Hopefully he’s not alone.

Naturally Curly on October 24, 2012 at 9:53 AM

The only people that will pay attention are the people who frequent conservative web sites. gumbyandpokey on October 24, 2012 at 9:13 AM

You might be right. Obviously, you could care less.

Huma Abedin’s Muslim Brotherhood Ties

Radical Islamists routinely visit White House

Report: U.S. consulate in Benghazi had no Marine protection

Obama administration pulls references to Islam from terror training materials, official says

Was the murder of Stevens and the other Americans a botched kidnapping and part of an intended prisoner swap for the Blind Sheik?

Akzed on October 24, 2012 at 10:07 AM

And people wonder why I have zero respect for Obama voters. They are all selfish, stupid parasites.

Turtledove on October 24, 2012 at 10:20 AM

Something very strange has been happening over at Yahoo news (which, of course, millions of people read every day and receive as gospel). For the last ten hours, the headlines have been all about this particular story (namely, the State Dept. quickly learning the truth about Benghazi and then the White House covering it up with lies). There’s also another story about how Obama tried to get a newspaper to not print a story. This doesn’t make sense to me, since Yahoo has been very, very pro-Obama.

Does Yahoo know something about the upcoming election and who’s about to win?

Burke on October 24, 2012 at 10:31 AM

Sounds like treason to me.

KMC1 on October 24, 2012 at 10:34 AM

We had troops stationed in Italy…an hour flight from Bengazi

workingclass artist on October 24, 2012 at 9:35 AM

That’s the most disgusting part, we know know they watched events unfolding from security cams and a drone, knew within hours that it was a coordinated terrorist attacks, had military resources an hour away, and did nothing while Americans were murdered…0bama even went back to bed, then headed off to fund raise and party with celebs.

right of the dial on October 24, 2012 at 10:35 AM

The previous Administration because we inherited a mess.

long_cat on October 24, 2012 at 10:41 AM

Where the heII are those confounded dots!?!?!

Bmore on October 24, 2012 at 10:52 AM

I was being very generous with saying 2.5 hours to get from Sicily to Benghazi. I figured arming planes and getting up in the air would take some time. Not knowing whether there was a carrier group in the Mediterranean or not. I looked at what I could find to be the closest air base, and my search popped up with a major air base on Sicily, and listed tbe distance as 450 miles. And knowing that we have very fast planes, I figured Mach 1 was a reasonable speed. What doesn’t make sense now, with that small amount of flawed information, distance and speed is. Why were these people not given help? The two conclusions I have come up with are. Obama and his whole administration are either unbelievably incompetent or they are criminally complict in the attack. Either way four Americans died without help, while the obama adminstration watched the killings in real time, and did nothing.@

stormridercx4 on October 24, 2012 at 10:54 AM

This is the reason Stevens was in Bengazi and died, it also explain why Obama and Hillary watched the attack and let Steven and the others die and did NOTHING. Obama should be impeached and tried for treason.

Syrian Rebels Armed With US-Made Stinger Missiles: Russia

http://hamsayeh.net/world/2429-syrian-rebels-armed-with-us-made-stinger-missiles-russia.html

Zcat on October 24, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Oh, and by the way. He Knew. He must of had those dots the whole time. Fancy that.

Bmore on October 24, 2012 at 10:56 AM

Steven was having dinner with Turkeys General Counsel evening of the attack. The first person Obama called when he became president was Turkey Prime Minister/Muslim Brotherhood, also after attack in Bengazi, who is also considered “head of califate.” Obama is arming our enemies!

Zcat on October 24, 2012 at 11:01 AM

There was a rescue later that same night. It was screwed up too, because the people doing the rescuing had no idea there were 37 people to get out of there, and they didn’t have enough transportation. Another fight happened, and two more people were killed, although I haven’t heard a word about them since. The 37 live people were injured, and I haven’t heard a word about them since either.

Night Owl on October 24, 2012 at 1:12 AM

I suspect too that we are being lied to about the death toll on our side. I suspect that more than four people died in the attack.

Lies and more lies is all we get from President Jackass.

slickwillie2001 on October 24, 2012 at 11:03 AM

For anyone who is surprised by this, shame on you. Odumbo and his peeps tried to use the media to sweep this under the rug and try to move on. It’s that simple!

rjoco1 on October 24, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Any info on the upcoming Ohio voter fraud story concerning Mitt Romney’s son? I saw something on Breitbart earlier.

justonevictory on October 24, 2012 at 9:33 AM

Don’t worry now, George Soros’s company in Spain is counting ballots for the US election, so it will all work out in the end.

slickwillie2001 on October 24, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Capt-Dax on October 24, 2012 at 5:58 AM

Glenn Beck said that Stevens met with the General Council of Turkey and had dinner with him. Then an hour after the G.C. of Turkey left, the fight began. From Beck’s article:
“But now we have beginning of the truth on Benghazi. Five days into the Benghazi scandal when no one was saying anything, I presented a theory. It was a Monday. It was the Monday after. It was six days, the Monday after the attack. And I got on the air and I told you exactly what was happening. I told you that this ambassador was involved in running guns, and he was running guns to Al‑Qaeda in Libya. And he was running guns through Turkey into Syria. And whether it was a deal that went bad, I don’t know. But that’s what happened. And the White House knew. That was six days into it.”

http://www.glennbeck.com/2012/10/24/exposed-e-mails-reveal-white-house-knew-al-qaeda-linked-group-led-attacks-on-embassy/

bluefox on October 24, 2012 at 11:16 AM

stormridercx4 on October 24, 2012 at 10:54 AM

I don’t give them any benefit of the doubt. They all know exactly what they are doing. The word incompetent gives them an out. Keep in mind, Stevens wasn’t sent there, nor the CIA due to incompentency. B.O. went into Libya without Congress approval. This is all his doing and those that are involved. No Quarter!!

Otherwise, I agree with what you said:-) Not being harsh towards you, just am very upset over this. As I said before, this onion is being peeled and the rotten core is being revealed.

bluefox on October 24, 2012 at 11:24 AM

“New reports out this morning show that Secretary of State Clinton assembled a legal team to be prepared for any fallout with the Obama administration that would attempt to place blame on the Secretary…”

http://www.conservativedailynews.com/2012/10/clintonlegalteam/

“Klein told Wilkow Tuesday that the Clinton legal team looked through cable traffic between Benghazi and State Deptartment, and claim Hillary actually asked that security be beefed up and “somewhere in the Obama Administration that order wasn’t carried out.

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/wilkow-ed-klein-details-clintonobama-tensions-and-blame-game-following-beng

workingclass artist on October 24, 2012 at 11:40 AM

The White House should have known their coverup would be revealed and it has been. Continued lying to the American people will have a huge consequence in the elections. The Democrats are going to get hurt big time in November. We will have a budget and reduced debt and deficit under President Romney.

Amazingoly on October 24, 2012 at 11:53 AM

Actually, I run old Dell Studio XPS 1645′s, get them reconditioned and upgraded to the teeth with JBL speakers, integrated subwoofer, RGB 1080p displays, and new processors. I use them for work for the picture quality and the sound quality. :)

thatsafactjack

All this hi-tech talk gets me hot and bothered…coupled with all the music links you post every night. Loved, “Someone to Watch Over Me”…dancing on a dime music. Makes me sad though.

I like all the British rave music to keep happy…Fat Boy Slim, Underworld, Chemical Brothers…it’s like disco, but much better…lasers and graphics and all, the concert experience is pretty great.

Keep posting.

Typicalwhitewoman on October 24, 2012 at 12:05 PM

A senior Russian general has said Syrian rebels now have anti-aircraft weapons, including US-made Stingers.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-20055271

Resist We Much on October 24, 2012 at 12:28 PM

he deserves to be impeached

ConservativePartyNow on October 24, 2012 at 12:36 PM

cnn crickets

cbs front page but second article behind the campaign

others?

audiotom on October 24, 2012 at 12:40 PM

Yep, impeach the rat-eared bastid.

slickwillie2001 on October 24, 2012 at 12:48 PM

Hillary’s Press Conference that wasn’t carried by Fox News.This was today.

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2012/10/hillary-smirks-at-reporters-still-not-sure-what-to-call-the-terrorist-attack-video/

bluefox on October 24, 2012 at 1:01 PM

It may not be in one of the e-mails obtained by Reuters, or maybe it is in the redacted part, but as a former Navy Communications Officer, I’m certain that at least one message from Libya into the Whitehouse started off as “FLASH FLASH FLASH OPREP-3 PINNACLE FRONT BURNER”. And there is nobody who sits in a situation room in the Whitehouse who doesn’t know that those messages DON’T get missed.

John_W on October 24, 2012 at 1:31 PM

The smoking gun on this came out weeks ago, and Obama’s Shill Corner — the MSM — will no doubt spin this latest disclosure as uninformative.

They will point out, correctly, that terrorist groups sometimes claim credit for attacks they didn’t mount. Other evidence about Ansar al-Sharia indicates the likelihood that it was involved, but of course, Obama’s acolytes won’t make that point.

That said, they’re already toast. We’ve reached the tipping point on this. The people know they’re being lied to, just as the people of the former communist countries always knew.

J.E. Dyer on October 24, 2012 at 1:38 PM

bluefox on October 24, 2012 at 1:01 PM

On that video that Gateway Pundit has of the Press Conference today by Hillary Clinton; It’s only 1:56 in length. I can’t find the full Press Conference Video. Hard to think a Press Conference would only be 1 minute/56seconds.

This has better audio: http://video.foxnews.com/v/1922027898001/clinton-we-will-find-out-what-happened-in-libya/?playlist_id=903226511001

bluefox on October 24, 2012 at 1:59 PM

The American people are totally ignorant just don’t care about Benghazi. Sorry if that bothers you, but it’s simple reality.

gumbyandpokey on October 24, 2012 at 9:22 AM

So, whose fault is that? MSM protecting their messiah rather than reporting inconvenient facts?

So Basically, your good with Obama goin nite-nite while Ambassador Stevens is being murdered on video in real time.

I’m not.

BigAlSouth on October 24, 2012 at 1:59 PM

The Lies of this Clown never end. We already know that he was told within hours, it was a terrorist attack on 9/11. We also know, This Bastard watched in real time and live for 7hrs, from a drone camera, and DID NOTHING! He let these Americans Die at the hands of terrorists and didn’t act! Please don’t insult anyones intelligence by saying he couldn’t do anything. If he could get a drone there to watch, he could get Planes, Helicopter and Troops their, as well! We als o, now know that this animal is arming Al-Qaeda rebels with the help of Turkey! If this traiterous beast had been a Republican, screams for his indictment would be non-stop and insane, from the Obama Jihadi media & the Dems!
Update on how to take on the Obama Jihadi media & Win: http://paratisiusa.blogspot.com/2012/09/an-open-letter-to-those-who-should-know.html?spref=tw

God Bless America!

paratisi on October 24, 2012 at 8:35 PM

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