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Obama Administration Defends Emails on Libya Attacks

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The Obama administration says now-discredited talking points about the deadly attacks in Libya are being taken out of context -- as are emails seeking to revise the talking points.
 
State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell told reporters Friday that ties to terrorism in the Benghazi attack were clear early on, but that information was sketchy.
 
The talking points were originally written for Congress. But before Congress got them, references were deleted to terrorism by the intelligence community, and to prior warnings of a possible attack. 
 
The emails suggest there were political factors involved in deleting the material from the talking points, which were given to U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice for TV Sunday news-show appearances five days after the deadly attack last September.
 
Ventrell says critics are, quote, "cherry picking" those emails.

Meanwhile, State Department officials recommended significant changes in the widely debunked talking points that U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice used five days after the deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, last September. 

The emails also showed that former State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland worried that members of Congress could use the talking points to criticize the State Department for not heeding intelligence warnings about the growing threat in Benghazi.

Rice had suggested protests set off the attack, not terrorism.   (AP)

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