CNN exclusive: White House e-mail contradicts Benghazi leaks
May 14th, 2013
02:00 PM ET
1 year ago

CNN exclusive: White House e-mail contradicts Benghazi leaks

(CNN) - CNN has obtained an e-mail sent by a top aide to President Barack Obama about White House reaction to the deadly attack last September 11 on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, that apparently differs from how sources characterized it to two different media organizations.

The actual e-mail from then-Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategic Communications Ben Rhodes appears to show that whomever leaked it did so in a way that made it appear that the White House was primarily concerned with the State Department's desire to remove references and warnings about specific terrorist groups so as to not bring criticism to the department.

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  1. Rudy NYC

    So whoever leaked the inaccurate information earlier this month did so in a way that made it appear that the White House – specifically Rhodes – was more interested in the State Department’s concerns, and more focused on the talking points, than the e-mail actually stated.
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    I'd bet $10,000 that whoever leaked the inaccurate information goes around with an elephant sigil on their banner.

    May 14, 2013 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  2. Warren

    Misinformation? who could have done that???? Bet it starts with Rep....

    May 14, 2013 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  3. rs

    And Bengahzi goes: pppfffft.

    May 14, 2013 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  4. Rick McDaniel

    The WH was in that mess up to their necks. Now they want to claim otherwise.

    It is all a sham.

    May 14, 2013 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  5. Data Driven

    HAHA, I guess that's the end of this story: the leaker mischaracterized Rhodes' email.

    Next, conservatives?

    May 14, 2013 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  6. THE TRUTH

    Well, who didnt see this coming, they will continue to beat this horse, they dont know any better. these lowlifes will stop at nothing to discredit this admin. do some work for cryin out loud. will they obstruct and continue to try to rig the elections, of course. now, lets see if the iraq wars are so easily investigated, not a chance. dick cheney is a totally evil man. how dare he say one word about this, the nerve ofthat man. FOAD, mr cheney, please

    May 14, 2013 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  7. Wake up People!

    Well, well, well..... What do we have here??? Could this be just manufactured ish to smear the POTUS???
    I'm still trying to figure out if we are actively pursuing the criminals that committed this heinous act or do they get a free pass???

    Money wasted. It does not matter what the act was called. Murder is murder.....unless you're in FL and your name is Casey Anthony......

    May 14, 2013 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  8. Independent

    Now there is proof.....wonder how all the liberals on here will justify this, oh wait, it is Bush's fault!

    May 14, 2013 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  9. Data Driven

    @Independent,

    Read the article. Someone mischaracterized the content in Rhodes' email. That's OUR justification; what's yours?

    May 14, 2013 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  10. rs

    Rick McDaniel

    The WH was in that mess up to their necks. Now they want to claim otherwise.

    It is all a sham.
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    The sham was the Republicans who leaked and mischaracterized the quotes. Gosh how the GOP loves to leak classified information- treasonists do though.

    May 14, 2013 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  11. rs

    Independent

    Now there is proof.....wonder how all the liberals on here will justify this
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    Actually, if you were paying attention- this just shot down Bengahzi as a controversy completely- the GOP lied again.

    May 14, 2013 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  12. jkane sfl the gop national disgrace party will be swept out like the trash they are in2014 ?

    We don't care , gop move on to the next hearings and imaginary and expenceive and worthless hearings on any subject you want while the voters in your districts get no representation and no results from their gop moron reps that are persueing their own gop agenda of starving the beast with their budget cuts . Time to kick the gop out of power in 2014. They have done nothing in five years except have 37 useless votes at taxpayer expense . Get rid of this useless gop garbage ,I can't wait to vote all dem and take back the house for the gop garbage and Nazi party.

    May 14, 2013 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  13. Wes

    So now it was the videos fault?

    May 14, 2013 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  14. Warren

    Independent

    You may to read before you speak....Proof is there was no cover up and "your kind" leaked misinformation....

    May 14, 2013 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  15. jkane sfl the gop national disgrace party will be swept out like the trash they are in2014 ?

    Back from the useless gop garbage dispised by most of Americans.

    May 14, 2013 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  16. ThinkAgain

    @Wes: "So now it was the videos fault?"

    Yep, typical righty, incapable of letting the truth make you let go of your delusions.

    May 14, 2013 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  17. BigTBone

    Yeah Jake Tapper this was last september...

    WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN?

    May 14, 2013 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  18. rs

    Wes

    So now it was the videos fault?
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    Could be- no terrorist organization has ever claimed responsibility for the fire at the Consulate. Usually Al Queda and others are happy to show off their handiwork.

    May 14, 2013 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  19. GOP = Greed Over People

    Life inside the Fox bubble, if there isn't a cover up, "leak" a report that lies and says there is.

    Once again, reality strikes at the heart of the GOP "conspiracies".

    And yet they wonder why the DOJ listens in on the AP and the IRS targets "patriot" pacs?

    How stupid dors the GOP think we are?

    May 14, 2013 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  20. Wake up People!

    Sniffit, Rudy, Dominican Mama, Lynda/Minn.......

    Could someone please refresh my memory..... Didn't Mittens mention hoping for a scandal during his 47% rant??? Now we find out that info was leaked.... I hate to sound like a Foxbot but I wouldn't put it past the GOP to be totally and completely behind this entire thing. They were desperate to regain power and I can't forget Mittens shooting his mouth off right after the incident, before the POTUS even.....

    I smell a rat and it's dressed in an elephant costume waving an American flag......

    May 14, 2013 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  21. 1108

    Rudy NYC

    So whoever leaked the inaccurate information earlier this month did so in a way that made it appear that the White House – specifically Rhodes – was more interested in the State Department’s concerns, and more focused on the talking points, than the e-mail actually stated.
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    I'd bet $10,000 that whoever leaked the inaccurate information goes around with an elephant sigil on their banner.

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    I'm impressed, it only took a week for them come up with another way on how to spin this.

    May 14, 2013 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  22. Rudy NYC

    You gotta love some of the tactics employed by the Obama administration. "Rope a dope. Give 'em some rope." They have done it time and time again, allowing the Republicans to paint themselves into a corner and a no-win scenario. Checkmate!

    May 14, 2013 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  23. Wake up People!

    @rs..

    Exactly. My sister and I were just talking about this today. Al Quaeda loves to show off their work.... And they always take responsibilty.

    May 14, 2013 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  24. Sniffit

    I think I just pooped my pants. Did Jake Tapper just commit an act of journalism? I wish I could say I'm speechless, but I'll have plenty to say after I catch my breath and the shock wears off.

    May 14, 2013 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  25. anonymous

    hahahahaha.... is this all that obama can come up with to deflect from the fact that they redacted all of the truth and replaced it with a totally concocted story to deceive the american people 7 weeks before the election? lame, lame, lame.

    May 14, 2013 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
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