Republicans say CIA’s Benghazi talking points were altered

November 16, 2012

Republicans said Friday that the CIA talking points used by U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice to explain the deadly Sept. 11 attack on a U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya, were altered, according to Roll Call

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) cited the talking points Friday as proof that Rice relied on the best unclassified information she could obtain when she took to the Sunday talk-show circuit Sept. 16.

GOP lawmakers raised questions about the talking points after the closed-door House and Senate Intelligence Committee meetings with former CIA chief David Petraeus, specifically suggesting that references to terrorist connections were deleted.  

Roll Call quoted Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) saying: "It's still not clear how the talking points emerged. It went through a long process that includes many agencies ... and no one knows yet exactly who came up with the final version of the talking points. The original talking points from the CIA are different from the ones that were finally put out."

Feinstein said the talking points were not to the best of her knowledge altered to remove references to terrorists. 

Josh Hicks covers the federal government and anchors the Federal Eye blog. He reported for newspapers in the Detroit and Seattle suburbs before joining the Post as a contributor to Glenn Kessler’s Fact Checker blog in 2011.
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