Petraeus: Other Federal Agencies Removed CIA References To Benghazi As Terror Attack


The Associated Press has an early report about General David Petraeus’ testimony before Congress today. They’re reporting that Petraeus believed the Benghazi attack was an act of terror from the get-go, and that CIA reports reflected that feeling but were changed later by “other federal agencies.”

WASHINGTON (AP) — A congressman says David Petraeus (peh-TRAY’-uhs) is telling lawmakers he believed all along that the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya was a terrorist attack. …

Lawmakers say Petraeus told them that CIA talking points written after the attack in Benghazi that killed four Americans referred to it as a terrorist attack. But Petraeus says that reference was removed by other federal agencies that made changes to the CIA’s draft.

Gee, I wonder who those “other federal agencies” were?

Update: Petraeus also said that he knew immediately the attack was an act of terror, and that when Obama administration spokeswoman Susan Rice was speaking to the media, her talking points weren’t coming from the intelligence community:

David Petraeus is going to tell members of Congress that he “knew almost immediately after the September 11th attack, that the group Ansar al Sharia, the al Qaeda sympathizing group in Libya was responsible for the attacks,” CNN reports. …

“When he looks at what Susan Rice said,” CNN reports, “here is what Petraeus’s take is, according to my source. Petraeus developed some talking points laying it all out. those talking points as always were approved by the intelligence community. But then he sees Susan Rice make her statements and he sees input from other areas of the administration. Petraeus — it is believed — will tell the committee he is not certain where Susan Rice got all of her information.”

Here’s the video from CNN:

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