May 15th, 2013
05:22 PM ET
11 months ago

First on CNN: White House releases Benghazi e-mails

(CNN) - The White House released more than 100 pages of e-mails on Wednesday in a bid to quell critics who say President Barack Obama and his aides played politics with national security following the deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya.

The e-mails detail the complex back and forth between the CIA, State Department, and the White House in developing unclassified talking points that were used to underpin a controversial and slow-to-evolve explanation of events last September 11.


Filed under: Libya • The Lead • White House
soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. anonymous

    Why did it take 100 emails to arrive at a final product that was a total lie? Who came up with the bogus cause of the film trailer? Who was Nuland talking about when she said "her buildings leadership"? Was it Hillary Clinton? Clinton spoke to Hicks on the ground in Benghazi at 2am on the morning of the attack. She knew with 4.5 hours of the attack it was not the result of a demonstration or a movie trailer. And still two weeks after the event, the movie trailer was being brough tup as the cause. Lies, lies, lies, lies, lies, everywhere lies to deceive the American electorate 7 weeks before the election.

    May 15, 2013 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  2. Hammerer

    What a joke!
    100 e-mails?
    You can be sure that they have been scrubbed and only say that Obama and Holder knew nothing nor who was involved. Same answer for all questions.

    May 15, 2013 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  3. anonymous

    But when are they going to release the other 100 emails that implicate Obama and Hillary Clinton?

    May 15, 2013 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    "You can be sure that they have been scrubbed"

    ELEPHANTS, I SAY!!!!! ELEPHANTS HIDING IN THE STRAWBERRY PATCHES!!!!

    May 15, 2013 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  5. just sayin

    i didn't think you could make total lies and fabrication top secret. or is it the incompetence and polticalization they are trying to hide that makes it top secret?

    May 15, 2013 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  6. Evergreen

    "Act of terror" or "terrorist attack" Stated either way Romney would have still lost. By the time the attack happened everyone pretty much knew who they were going to vote for. This was not a game changer.

    May 15, 2013 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  7. rs

    It won't matter. The GOP has already made their version of the story their delusional truth. "Where we're going we don't need FACTS". (with apologies to Marty McFly)

    May 15, 2013 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  8. Len

    Just like Bush and Cheney.....over 5,000 American men and women died because of lies about WMD's.
    Please do not forget what they did to our country.

    May 15, 2013 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  9. You people are a joke

    Seriously... "Waaah, Obama won't release the emails." "Waaah, Obama released the emails, what a joke."

    May 15, 2013 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  10. Concerned citizen

    Release all e-mails regarding the war in Iraq: Bush, Dick, Rumsfeld, Rice, etc.! Then we can talk about Benghazi!

    May 15, 2013 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  11. king

    the right wingers will not tolerate facts for crying out loud, they only goes by myths and conspiracy theories. facts is dead to them, especially when it get in graved in their political venue. there are more repubs in the state department than dems, how the hell would these repubs tolerate a cover up under their noses. come folks get real for a second and stop drinking fox news cool aide.

    May 15, 2013 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  12. oldsoldierboy

    Give them a break. At least they didn't claim all 22 million emails are missing like the Bush administration did.

    May 15, 2013 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  13. Taggot

    Still waiting for WH emails regarding the decision to start two wars......
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    (coyote howls)

    May 15, 2013 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  14. Enabledanger

    It was an execution , plain and simple. He, Steven, spoke before the Rotary on Guam before assuming his post. There , on Guam , with Abramoff in the 1990's he muled meth into the territory and other elitist drugs, costing the lives of several persons including CIs and others involved in DEA ops there. This feat of abusing a diplomatic status should only be seen for what it is: A strong message to any D-corps, an example to learn from.

    May 16, 2013 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  15. Anthony in California

    And Republicans STILL wont be happy. Get a life, fellas... get a life.

    May 16, 2013 12:01 am at 12:01 am |