Ex-CIA Director David Petraeus: Obama Administration Altered CIA Talking Points on U.S. Embassy Attack

| by Michael Allen

Former CIA Director David Petraeus told members of Congress today that the CIA immediately thought al-Qaeda-linked terrorists were behind the September 11, 2012 attacks on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, Libya, according to Rep. Peter King (R-NY), a member of the House Intelligence Committee.

Rep. King said that Petraeus, who was not under oath when he spoke in a closed-door meeting, testified that the "original talking points prepared by the CIA were different than the final ones put out."

The talking points that were used by U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice claimed that the attack was sparked by a poorly produced anti-Islam video that went viral on the web.

The original talking points were more specific about possible al-Qaeda involvement, but the final talking points just said "indications of extremists," said Petraeus.

Republicans and some Democrats have demanded an explanation of why the Obama administration initially described the attack in Benghazi, Libya as a "protest" rather than a planned attack.