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November 27, 2012
Rice, Carney: Okay, There Was No Protest Before the Attack; So Let's MoveOn.org
Best available intelligence and other words that don't apply to the White House.
In the course of the meeting, we explained that the talking points provided by the intelligence community, and the initial assessment upon which they were based, were incorrect in a key respect: there was no protest or demonstration in Benghazi. While we certainly wish that we had had perfect information just days after the terrorist attack, as is often the case, the intelligence assessment has evolved. We stressed that neither I nor anyone else in the Administration intended to mislead the American people at any stage in this process, and the Administration updated Congress and the American people as our assessments evolved.
Uh-huh. Unfortunately the "spontaneous protest" was already debunked well before Rice went on TV to talk it up. And, of course, Obama was still talking that up days later, on Univision.
Jay Carney is annoyed to even have to answer questions about this:
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney grew testy with reporters Tuesday over questions about UN Ambassador Susan Rice’s role in the aftermath of the Benghazi attack.
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