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Report: Libya Attack Not Linked to Film

Was the deadly attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya linked to a controversial anti-Islam film? Well, it depends on whom you ask. During a briefing Tuesday, State Department offered a glimpse at discord between the State Department and the White House over who is to blame. State Department officials say they never linked the fatal attack to the angry response to the film, Innocence of Muslims, which raises the question why the White House used the film to explain the attack for more than a week following the events. Asked why that explanation was floated, one official said, “That was not our conclusion,” adding that the question was for “others” to answer.

October 9, 2012 10:15 PM