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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