This email was sent to State Department officials, White House officials, Secret Service officials at 6:07 PM EST on 9-11.
This was at least the third email sent to the White House the evening of 9-11 on the Benghazi attack.
Barack Obama was meeting with his security team in the Oval Office that evening.
The email clearly blamed Al-Qaeda linked group Ansar al-Sharia for the attack on the US consulate.
This was before the lifeless body of Ambassador Stevens was dragged from the consulate ruins.
Today he called the Islamic terrorists – “these folks.”
President Barack Obama on Friday forcefully denied deliberately misleading Americans about the deadly attack on the U.S. Consulate in the Libyan city of Benghazi, telling radio host Michael Smerconish, “I’ve always been straight with the American people.”
Speaking to Smerconish during a 15-minute Oval Office interview, Obama also declared he was “absolutely” prepared to kill those behind the assault but would prefer to capture them and “bring them to justice.”
Asked whether the administration’s shifting explanation for the September 11 strike reflected the intelligence he was receiving, Obama replied: “What’s true is that the intelligence was coming in and evolving as more information came up.
“And what is true,” he continued, “…This is something that the American people can take to the bank‚??is that my administration plays this stuff straight. We don’t play politics when it comes to American national security,” the president said. “As information came in we gave it to the American people. And as we got new information, we gave that to the American people.”
When and if the location of those behind the attack is known, Smerconish asked, “Will you take that person out without regard for the election timetable?”
“Absolutely,” Obama replied. “But I think our goal would be to bring them to justice.”…
…Asked whether he knew Americans in Libya had asked for more security, Obama replied: “I was not personally aware of any request. Obviously we have an infrastructure that’s set up to manage requests like that,” in reference to the State Department.
“But we’re going to find out exactly what happened,” he said. “Ultimately, though, any time there is a death of an American overseas, I want to find out what happened, because my most important job as president is keeping the American people safe.”
“And we will get to the bottom of what happened, and we’re going to make sure most importantly that those who carried it out, that they are captured,” Obama said.
He also said he takes “full responsibility” for the circumstances in the attack, in which Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed. The suspects have not been publicly or conclusively identified, though Egyptian officials say a man suspected to have been involved was killed on Wednesday in a shootout in the capital, Cairo.
“My biggest priority right now is bringing those folks to justice. And I think the American people have seen that’s a commitment I always keep,” the president said, an apparent reference to the bin Laden raid.
Hat Tip Geri
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