We’ve been looking in the wrong place.
Until now, anyone trying to figure out what really happened at Benghazi has examined the “talking points” prepared by the CIA on Sept. 14, 2012 that President Barack Obama’s former UN Ambassador Susan Rice supposedly relied on.
Rice appeared on five Sunday talk shows two days later and on each show, she falsely claimed that an internet video caused a “spontaneous” demonstration that eventually erupted into the deadly violence in Benghazi.
But that never made sense, because the CIA memo never mentioned anything about a video.
So where did she get that completely erroneous information?
Straight from the Obama White House, that’s where.
Last week’s release of the “smoking gun” email from White House NSA staffer Ben Rhodes demonstrates that he provided Rice with additional talking points for her upcoming appearances, and makes it clear that there was a second secret set of talking points. Those were the ones Rice actually relied on. That’s where she got the phony stories about the internet video and the unplanned demonstrations.
Almost immediately after the attack, Obama’s political operatives began a coordinated public relations campaign — on two fronts — to protect the President’s image during the presidential campaign. This was done by creating parallel talking point memos on Benghazi.
One set came from the CIA, at the request of Select Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Mike Rogers. That’s the one we all know about.
But there was another, more extensive, more political and more explosive document that was also in the works on Sept. 14, 2012. That secret memo advised then-Ambassador Rice to make the false claims.