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Benghazi Boogaloo: Susan Rice Simply Relayed the CIA's Benghazi Talking Points

Thu, Nov 15, 2012 at 2:29:30 pm

CBS News has obtained the talking points prepared by the CIA for Susan Rice following the Benghazi attack, and of course there are no surprises -- Rice simply passed on the information she was given by the CIA: CIA Talking Points for Susan Rice Called Benghazi Attack 'Spontaneously Inspired' by Protests.

The CIA's talking points read as follows:

"The currently available information suggests that the demonstrations in Benghazi were spontaneously inspired by the protests at the US Embassy in Cairo and evolved into a direct assault against the US diplomatic post in Benghazi and subsequently its annex. There are indications that extremists participated in the violent demonstrations.

This assessment may change as additional information is collected and analyzed and as currently available information continues to be evaluated.

The investigation is on-going, and the US Government is working with Libyan authorities to bring to justice those responsible for the deaths of US citizens."

For the record, here's the video of Rice's appearance on Meet the Press, and as you can see she was very clear that this was not the final word, but simply the best information they had at the time.

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Meanwhile, as the Republican Party continues flipping its lid over this ludicrous non-scandal, John McCain is calling for a Watergate-style special committee to investigate the Obama administration's handling of the Benghazi attack, but couldn't find the time to attend a classified briefing on the Benghazi attack yesterday. Classic.

UPDATE at 11/15/12 2:41:10 pm

When questioned today by CNN about missing the Benghazi briefing, McCain snapped and yelled, "Who the hell are you to tell me?"

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