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Emails during Libya Attack: Al Qaeda-tied Group Responsible. White House Knew it. (Images Added)

Posted by FactReal on October 23, 2012

CBS and Fox News are reporting that emails from the State Department (as the attack unfolded) informed the White House and about 400 national security figures that an Al Qaeda-tied group was claiming responsibility for the Libya terror attack. These emails give details as our consulate was being attacked in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11, 2012.

The attack started at 3:40PM ET (or 9:40PM Libya time) as shown by a video timeline put together by Fox News.

According to CBS, these email alerts from the State Dept. Operations Center were issued during the Libya attack and sent to the White House and other government and intelligence agencies:

SEPT. 11, 2012, 4:05 PM ET

Subject: U.S. Diplomatic Mission in Benghazi Under Attack (SBU)

(SBU) The Regional Security Officer reports the diplomatic mission is under attack. Embassy Tripoli reports approximately 20 armed people fired shots; explosions have been heard as well. Ambassador Stevens, who is currently in Benghazi, and four COM personnel are in the compound safe haven. The 17th of February militia is providing security support.

The Operations Center will provide updates as available.

SEPT. 11, 2012, 4:54 PM ET

Subject: Update 1: U.S. Diplomatic Mission in Benghazi (SBU)

(SBU) Embassy Tripoli reports the firing at the U.S. Diplomatic Mission in Benghazi has stopped and the compound has been cleared. A response team is on site attempting to locate COM personnel.

SEPT. 11, 2012, 6:07 PM ET

Subject: Update 2: Ansar al-Sharia Claims Responsibility for Benghazi Attack (SBU)

Categories: Yellow Category

(SBU) Embassy Tripoli reports the group claimed responsibility on Facebook and Twitter and has called for an attack on Embassy Tripoli.

– SBU = Sensitive But Unclassified
– COM = Chief of Mission/embassy
– Ansar al-Sharia = Islamic military group affiliated to Al Qaeda according to the State Department

CBS reports: (CBS video | Emails (PDF))

CBS News has obtained email alerts that were put out by the State Department as the attack unfolded. Four Americans were killed in the attack, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens.

These emails contain the earliest description so far of what happened at Benghazi the night of the attack.

Fox News reports:

A series of internal State Department emails obtained by Fox News shows some some (sic) of the initial assessments of last month’s deadly consulate attack in Libya, including one email within hours of the attack that noted that the group Ansar al Sharia had claimed responsibility.

Ansar al Sharia has been declared by the State Department to be a an Al Qaeda-affiliated group. A member of the group suspected of participating in the Sept. 11 attack in Benghazi has been arrested and is being held in Tunisia.

The emails obtained by Fox News were sent by the State Department to a variety of national security platforms, whose addresses have been redacted, including the White House Situation Room, the Pentagon, the FBI and the Director of National Intelligence.

Fox News was told that an estimated 300 to 400 national security figures received these emails in real time almost as the raid was playing out and concluding. People who received these emails work directly under the nation’s top national security, military and diplomatic officials, Fox News was told.

The timestamps on the emails are all Eastern Time and often include the subheading SBU…which is shorthand for “Sensitive But Unclassified.”


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