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Hayden Faults Administration, Not CIA, on Benghazi Talking Points

Former deputy CIA director Michael Morell told the House Intelligence Committee this week that, despite reports from the chief of station in Libya that no protests occurred outside the American diplomatic facility in Benghazi prior to the September 11, 2012, terrorist attack on it, he edited the administration’s talking points to include references to such protests. His CIA analysts in Washington believed they had occurred, and the station chief, after all, was 500 miles away in Tripoli.

Former CIA and NSA director Michael Hayden pointed out, however, that Morell did tell the White House and the State Department that the chief of station had a dissenting view. “That gave a certain confidence level to the White House and to the State Department,” Morell told Fox News’s Chris Wallace. “In other words, there were a range of views here, so be careful before you put all your eggs in the basket of, ‘It was a demonstration.’”


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