Former acting director of the CIA Michael Morell is answering questions in front of the House Intelligence Committee on the Benghazi attack today. Morell told the committee he believed at the time that the September 11, 2012 attack was a protest and a terrorist attack.


Morell: White House 'Made No Substantive Changes' to Benghazi Talking Points


“I don’t believe those things were mutually exclusive.”

He also said he had no conversation with anyone at the White House about the disputed CIA talking points. Morell testified that he did not know then-U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice was going to appear on the Sunday talk shows after the attack. Rice now famously went on five shows and blamed protests against an anti-Islamic film.

On America’s Newsroom, Fox News military analyst Gen. Jack Keane said the CIA made a “huge mistake” in having unclassified talking points because it caused them to lose control of the content.

Regarding Rice, Keane said she would have been privy to the information from the State Department. 

Keane said that less than 24 hours after the attack, the CIA was on the mark that Ansar al-Sharia was responsible. “They were dead wrong in suggesting that protests or demonstrators were a part of this.”

Morell received contrary information from the station chief who was on the ground in Libya and his CIA analysts.

Keane assessed, “I think he’s implying that his mistake was going with the analysts as opposed to going with the station chief, and not forcing a change in the talking points as a result.”


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