Benghazi Reports Outpaced Intel

    WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 12:  U.S. President Barack Obama (R) makes a statement in response to the attack at the U.S. Consulate in Libya as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (L) looks on September 12, 2012 at the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC. U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed in an attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya by protesters who were potentially angry over a controversial Prophet Muhammad video.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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    Intelligence reports from the field lagged behind the talking points provided to government officials after the attack on the American Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, last month. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has hammered the administration for what the GOP ticket considers the White House shifting explanation for the attack. Intelligence officials interviewed by The New York Times provide another explanation—the latest CIA intelligence didn’t land right in officials’ laps as they spoke on television. One intelligence official said that as more information became available, “people reconciled contradictory information and assessed there probably wasn’t a protest around the time of the attack.”


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