Emails: U.S. Knew Libya Attack Link

    Image #: 19352323    The U.S. Consulate in Benghazi is seen in flames during a protest by an armed group said to have been protesting a film being produced in the United States September 11, 2012. An American staff member of the U.S. consulate in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi has died following fierce clashes at the compound, Libyan security sources said on Wednesday. Armed gunmen attacked the compound on Tuesday evening, clashing with Libyan security forces before the latter withdrew as they came under heavy fire. REUTERS/Esam Al-Fetori (LIBYA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)       REUTERS /ESAM OMRAN AL-FETORI /LANDOV

    Esam Omran Al-Fetori, Reuters / Landov

    The White House and the State Department knew that an Islamic militant group had claimed responsibility for the attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, emails obtained by Reuters on Wednesday revealed. The emails also show how U.S. diplomats described the attack as it was happening to U.S. officials in Washington. How much the White House knew about the attack has been questioned, especially after administration officials had maintained for days that the attack had come after a spontaneous protest over an anti-U.S. film and administration officials have said early intelligence briefings were mixed. Although some of the information in the emails was redacted, a government source said the emails were sent to the White House Situation Room.

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