State Department Denies Concluding Film Sparked Consulate Attack in LibyaOctober 10, 2012 No Comments
October 10, 2012 / MariaNews.com
State Department Denies Concluding Film Sparked Consulate Attack in Libya
FoxNews.com - The State Department denied Tuesday it ever concluded that the deadly consulate attack Sept. 11 in Libya was an unplanned outburst prompted by an anti-Islam movie, despite public statements early on by some in the Obama administration suggesting that was the case.
Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., reacting Wednesday to the latest claims, said he’s just “at a loss” for why administration officials ever tried to connect the attack to the film in the first place.
“From the very beginning, everyone knew this was a terrorist attack. I mean, there’s no question, and that’s why this has been totally bizarre,” said Corker, who recently returned from Libya.
The Obama administration used the film explanation for more than a week after assailants killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans. Most notably, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, said in several TV interviews five days after the attack that it appeared to be “spontaneous” violence spinning out of protests of the film.
State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland backed up Rice’s statements in a press briefing a day later: “I would simply say that … the comments that Ambassador Rice made accurately reflect our government’s initial assessment.”
And White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, as late as a week after the attack, said that based on initial information, “we saw no evidence to back up claims by others that this was a preplanned or premeditated attack.”
Carney then went on to suggest again the violence was related to the film: “Based on the information that we have now, it was — there was a reaction to the video — there was protests in Cairo, then followed by protests elsewhere, including Benghazi, and that was what led to the original unrest.”
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