Emails: White House informed Al Qaeda group behind Benghazi attack within two hours

New emails have surfaced stating that the White House and senior U.S. Intelligence officials were informed that an Al Qaeda-linked group was behind the terrorist attack against the US consulate in Benghazi just two hours after the attack took place. Photo: Associated Press

PHOENIX, October 24, 2012- The ever growing controversy over the September 11, 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, that resulted in the death of four Americans, including an American Ambassador, has taken another turn as new emails have surfaced stating that the White House and senior U.S. Intelligence officials were informed that an Al Qaeda-linked group was behind the terrorist attack in Benghazi just two hours after the attack took place.

The first email sent to the White House had the subject line of “U.S. Diplomatic Mission in Benghazi Under Attack.” This first email was sent at 4:05 p.m.; just 25 minutes after the attack had begun. This email also described that 20-armed people were conducting the attack on the compound.

“The Regional Security Officer reports the diplomatic mission is under attack,” the email read. “Embassy Tripoli reports approximately 20 armed people fired shots; explosions have been heard as well.”

Another email sent at 6:07 p.m., included the subject line “Update 2: Ansar al-Sharia Claims Responsibility for Benghazi Attack.” The contents of this email reported to Washington, “Embassy Tripoli reports the group claimed responsibility on Facebook and Twitter and has called for an attack on Embassy Tripoli.” 

The terrorist group mentioned in the email, Ansar al-Sharia, has been declared an Al Qaeda sympathizer by the United States Department of State. 

Nonetheless, these new emails contradict earlier reports that cited senior ‘U.S. intelligence officials and agencies,’ that stated that the attack in Libya was an ‘opportunistic attack’ that had no ties to the terrorist group, Al Qaeda.  

The Los Angeles Times claimed on October 19, 2012, that after five weeks of an extensive investigation into the Libya attack, U.S. Intelligence agencies found no links to Al Qaeda’s direct participation in the onslaught that killed four Americans.  

Clearly, nevertheless, the release of these new emails definitively state that the White House and senior intelligence officials knew that Al Qaeda militants were directly involved with this onset against the United States. 

These newly released emails were delivered to top national security officials at the State Department, Pentagon, FBI, the White House Situation Room and the office of the Director of National Intelligence, so it is apparent that the initial claims from the administration that the belligerents in Benghazi had no link to Al Qaeda is completely false.  

Withal, the release of these new State Department emails, once again underline the main quandary with the entire Libya fiasco, in that the entire exactitude of the Benghazi attack has yet to surface to the American people. 

The Obama Administration has not been clear on this foreign policy disaster and has yet to provide specifics on what exactly took place in Benghazi on September 11, 2012.  

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Henry D'Andrea

Henry D'Andrea is a Conservative columnist and commentator. He writes a weekly column at the Washington Times Communities called "The Conscience of a Conservative," which features his commentary on current events and political stories from a conservative perspective. He often writes on foreign policy, domestic and economic issues, the conservative movement, and elections.


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