Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Is Clapper the New Fall Guy?

The DNI, James Clapper, is now saying that his office is responsible for the change in language in the original statements about Benghazi. This is different from what he said last week when he said he didn't know who changed the wording.
CBS News has learned that the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) cut specific references to "al Qaeda" and "terrorism" from the unclassified talking points given to Ambassador Susan Rice on the Benghazi consulate attack - with the agreement of the CIA and FBI. The White House or State Department did not make those changes. . . .
"The statement released Monday evening by the DNI's spokesman regarding how the Intelligence Community's talking points were changed gives a new explanation that differs significantly from information provided in testimony to the Committee last week," House Intelligence Committee spokeswoman Susan Phalen told CBS News. "Chairman Rogers looks forward to discussing this new explanation with Director Clapper as soon as possible to understand how the DNI reached this conclusion and why leaders of the Intelligence Community testified late last week that they were unaware of who changed the talking points."
Removing the specifics of "Al Qaeda" is not the problem, but misleading the public as to the cause of the attacks is. This is getting lost in the parsing of these statements. Who will admit to making up the storyline about the video, that was pushed for two weeks following Benghazi?

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