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Republicans Altered Benghazi Emails, CBS News Report Claims

[bold]Congress should demand an investigation!!![/bold] Oh wait...

One day after The White House released 100 pages of Benghazi emails, a report has surfaced alleging that Republicans released a set with altered text.

CBS News reported Thursday that leaked versions sent out by the GOP last Friday had visible differences than Wednesday's official batch. Two correspondences that were singled out in the report came from National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes and State Department Spokeswoman Victoria Nuland.

The GOP version of Rhodes' comment, according to CBS News: "We must make sure that the talking points reflect all agency equities, including those of the State Department, and we don't want to undermine the FBI investigation."

The White House email: "We need to resolve this in a way that respects all of the relevant equities, particularly the investigation."

The GOP version of Nuland's comment, according to CBS News: The penultimate point is a paragraph talking about all the previous warnings provided by the Agency (CIA) about al-Qaeda's presence and activities of al-Qaeda."

The White House email: "The penultimate point could be abused by members to beat the State Department for not paying attention to Agency warnings."

The news parallels a Tuesday CNN report which initially introduced the contradiction between what was revealed in a White House Benghazi email version, versus what was reported in media outlets. On Monday, Mother Jones noted that the Republicans' interim report included the correct version of the emails, signaling that more malice and less incompetence may have been at play with the alleged alterations.

In that April interim report on Benghazi (which Buck noted), the House Republicans cited these emails (in footnotes 56 and 57) to note an important point: "State Department emails reveal senior officials had 'serious concerns' about the talking points, because Members of Congress might attack the State Department for 'not paying attention to Agency warnings' about the growing threat in Benghazi."

Despite the White House's Wednesday move to release emails, Republicans continued to call for more information on Thursday.

"While these hundred are good and they shed light on what happened, we have nearly 25,000 that they haven't released," Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) told Fox News on Thursday.

by Anonymousreply 3008/28/2013

"When the GOP Says ‘Benghazi,’ They’re Talking About Hillary"

"And the biggest message of all you won't hear from Republicans in an ad on TV or any soundbite on radio is that they're afraid. Afraid that no matter how much they pretend to love black people, immigrants, women and gays; their track record spits in the face of that and the voters know it; afraid of the last election results and the number of Republican seats up for grabs in the House; afraid of losing the House to Democrats and worse, the White House again, to Democrats. But most of all, they're afraid of a woman. And not just any woman, that woman. A woman named Hillary.

For they know that Benghazi didn't prevent Obama's re-election and it won't prevent Mrs. Clinton's election as the first U.S. woman president. They're afraid that she already has the Democratic nomination locked up (and she does) and that they don't have a candidate strong enough to run against her and win. They know their message is not unified and their party fragmented. They know they lost the game – three years before the whistle blows – and not only will that lead to another Democrat as president in 2016, the first female president but that also means Bill Clinton will be back in the White House too. And that's definitely scary for the GOP."

by Anonymousreply 105/17/2013


by Anonymousreply 205/17/2013

No, OP. This is not a "Claim." This is a fact. Major Garrett reported on it and presented the original White House e-mails, and the "alterations" made by the Republicans that were passed off as originals. The dumb shits can't even get their lies right.

by Anonymousreply 305/17/2013

the Republicans are lunatics. They are ready to destroy the country so they can get in power. As they showed with that debt ceiling lunacy.

by Anonymousreply 405/17/2013

Surprise, surprise, surprise!


by Anonymousreply 505/17/2013

I hope this is covered

by Anonymousreply 605/17/2013

Remember the shit that went down with Dan Rather and 60 Minutes and the allegedly forged documents that showed Bush was AWOL?

Even though the facts were correct, Rove & company forged and planted documents to try and discredit the truth. And it worked, sadly.

So where's the outrage against ABC? Who is getting fired over this? Why isn't this totally discrediting ALL of the Benghazi bullshit?

by Anonymousreply 705/17/2013

Keep this story going via Twitter, please.

by Anonymousreply 805/17/2013

THIS!!! (great pic)

by Anonymousreply 905/17/2013

Gosh! How unusual for rethugs to try to use a national tragedy in any way they can in order to gain power.

by Anonymousreply 1005/17/2013

ABC reporter Jonathan Karl claimed he had those emails when it was just through his source who made those errors.

So far, ABC hasn't apologized or admitted their part in the GOP conspiracy.

by Anonymousreply 1105/17/2013

A lie is halfway around the world, while the truth is still putting on its shoes.

by Anonymousreply 1205/17/2013


by Anonymousreply 1305/17/2013

Can anyone explain where in the emails the idea that the attacks were caused by the online video was discussed?

I am curious why that theory was given so much weight - what is the CIA's opinion and basis for saying it with such conviction that it made the talking points on the Sunday talk shows

by Anonymousreply 1405/17/2013


by Anonymousreply 1505/17/2013

The GOP handing out the modified emails to reporters is similar to their tactic in the lead-up to the Iraq War, no?

Bush operatives "leaked" info to NYT stooge Judith Miller and she reported it as fact. The Bush Admin used her article as one of the tools to sell it to the American people.

This is actually quite Nixsonian itself.

by Anonymousreply 1605/17/2013

THIS is the real scandal.

What do you want to bet it'll be basically ignored?

by Anonymousreply 1705/17/2013


by Anonymousreply 1805/17/2013

[quote]THIS is the real scandal.

[quote]What do you want to bet it'll be basically ignored?

It's OK if you're a Republican.

by Anonymousreply 1905/17/2013

Wonkette is saying those emails leaked to ABC were quite possibly...

...wait for it...


Pass the popcorn.

by Anonymousreply 2005/17/2013

[quote]The bombing was September 11. Emails the White House have presented begin on September 13. Enough said.

[bold]OMG OMG OMG!!! We don't have the WH emails from 9/11, 9/12 OR 9/13!!! It's Watergate X Teapot Dome X 1,000,000!!!![/bold]

Or, you know, not.

How nice for the wingnuts to try to change the subject when they're caught red-handed making shit up.

Typical conservative strategy - when you can't defend what you're doing, counterattack. Doesn't matter from what direction, as long as you change the subject.


by Anonymousreply 2205/17/2013 explanation for why the emails were altered, only deflection, eh, freeps?


by Anonymousreply 2305/17/2013

And if nobody has the emails from 9/11-13, don't worry. Darryl Issa can just make some incriminating shit up.

by Anonymousreply 2405/17/2013

This is all very Rovian. Very Rovian.

by Anonymousreply 2505/18/2013

Remember when Dan Rather got fired over something not even close to as bad as this?

by Anonymousreply 2606/12/2013

Any indictments? Anyone in prison? Did anyone lose their jobs?



Conservatives don't have to pay for their crimes. Only liberals/progressives/dems do.

by Anonymousreply 2707/22/2013

Still no accountability.

by Anonymousreply 2807/29/2013

It's OK if You're a Republican.

by Anonymousreply 2907/29/2013

Nobody ever paid any price for this, did they?

And to think, Dan Rather was fired for the con Karl Rove played on him... now, far worse things happen, and nobody is held accountable or responsible. It's barely even news.

by Anonymousreply 3008/28/2013
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