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King: Petraeus Said Talking Points Were Edited

From Fox News:

Petraeus testifies CIA’s Libya talking points were changed, lawmaker says

November 16, 2012

Former CIA Director David Petraeus testified in a closed-door hearing Friday morning that his agency determined immediately after the Sept. 11 Libya attack that "Al Qaeda involvement" was suspected — but the line was taken out in the final version circulated to administration officials, according to a top lawmaker who was briefed.

Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., who spoke to reporters after Petraeus testified before the House Intelligence Committee, indicated he and other lawmakers still have plenty of questions about the aftermath of the attack.

"No one knows yet exactly who came up with the final version of the talking points," he said.

We are supposed to believe there is no record of who wrote the material the CIA forwarded to the White House? That is ludicrous.

Petraeus was heading next to the Senate Intelligence Committee to testify.

Apparently, Petraeus’ ‘testimony’ before the House Intelligence Committee did not seem to last very long. Also, according to King, was not given under oath.

Petraeus’ testimony both challenges the Obama administration’s repeated claims that the attack was a "spontaneous" protest over an anti-Islam video, and according to King conflicts with his own briefing to lawmakers on Sept. 14. Sources have said Petraeus, in that briefing, also described the attack as a protest that spun out of control.

"His testimony today was that from the start, he had told us that this was a terrorist attack," King said, adding that he told Petraeus he had a "different recollection."

Is there no transcript of that first briefing? As Obama would say, ‘let’s see the transcript.’

Still, the claim that the CIA’s original talking points were changed is sure to stoke controversy on the Hill.

"The original talking points were much more specific about Al Qaeda involvement. And yet the final ones just said indications of extremists," King said, adding that the final version was the product of a vague "inter-agency process."

Further, King said a CIA analyst specifically told lawmakers that the Al Qaeda affiliates line "was taken out." …

Undoubtedly, by the Obama campaign — er, administration.

The suggestion that the intelligence was altered raised questions about who altered it, with King asking if "the White House changed the talking points."

One source told Fox News that Petraeus "has no idea what was provided" to Rice or who was the author of the talking points she used.

"He had no idea she was going on talk shows" until the White House announced it one or two days before, the source said…

While Petraeus resigned last Friday over an extra-marital affair, his testimony Friday was expected to focus on Libya as opposed to personal matters. King said it barely came up, and only when Petraeus was asked if the affair and investigation had any impact on his testimony on Libya. "He said no," King said…

Well, what would you expect him to say?

Lawmakers on the House and Senate intelligence committees heard testimony Thursday in private meetings with Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and Acting CIA Director Mike Morell. But Fox News was told there were heated exchanges on the House side, particularly over the talking points that administration officials relied on in the days after the Sept. 11 strike.

Fox News was told that neither Clapper nor Morell knew for sure who finalized that information. And they could not explain why they minimized the role of a regional Al Qaeda branch as well as the militant Ansar al-Sharia despite evidence of their involvement…

Which means we are supposed to believe there is no record of who wrote the material the CIA forwarded to the White House.

That is also ludicrous.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, November 16th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “King: Petraeus Said Talking Points Were Edited”

  1. Reality Bytes says:

    If Nixon said “this is under investigation” like Obama did, they would have crucified him right there! Oh wait, he didn’t & they did anyway.

    How many people died in Watergate? (OK Jack Anderson almost but they talked G. Gordon out of it!)


    I’m almost past blaming Obama. He’s dillusional and incompetent. I BLAME THE MEDIA WHO WOULD MAKE GERGAEL GREEN WITH ENVY!!!!


  2. canary says:

    FoxNews seems to be the only news that has spent time on Obama intentionally lied headlines, and Republicans comments they were furious, “breathless”, over Obama’s lies.

    CNN too busy skipping why Israel got fed up with rocket attacks and how they gave ample warnings they’d strike back; instead reporting on dead Hamas calling them Palestinians.

  3. canary says:

    I still say it was a cover-up planned in advance to shut up Stevens and others. They took his security away and ignored his begging for more as Al-Qaeda training camps and Islamic extremists and Libya laughed at the U.S.

    Do we assume the latest rumor 4 CIA agents were being held hostage is true? What happened to them. Were they expendable?

  4. canary says:

    Fox displays E-mails to prove the White House knew within hours Al-Qaeda was responsible for the attack. This explains Fox’s headlines a couple days ago that Obama Intentionally Lied

    (article photo)

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