Petraeus briefs Congress members on Benghazi attack assessments

11/19/2012 | Hill, The

CIA officials thought immediately after the deadly Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that the incident was an act of terrorism, former CIA Director David Petraeus said in a closed-door session with lawmakers. Some senators said that the difference between the CIA's assessment and public statements by U.S. administration officials in the initial days after the attack could be attributed to the difference between classified and unclassified information. Other lawmakers are continuing their criticism of U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice for her talking points used in the days after the assault.

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