Fox News reported this last night:
The office of the United States’ top intelligence official appeared to take the blame Friday for the Obama administration’s changing narrative on the US Consulate attack in Libya, saying administration officials who initially claimed the attack was spontaneous did so based on intelligence officials’ guidance.
The statement by Shawn Turner, spokesman for Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, was put out late Friday….
As Fox News put it, “Turner’s statement marked a complete reversal from the initial claims.” Turner’s statement included this, in part:
In the immediate aftermath, there was information that led us to assess that the attack began spontaneously following protests earlier that day at our embassy in Cairo. We provided that initial assessment to Executive Branch officials and members of Congress, who used that information to discuss the attack publicly and provide updates as they became available. Throughout our investigation we continued to emphasize that information gathered was preliminary and evolving.
However, Fox News also has been reporting that two intel sources have told them that intelligence officials knew within 24 hours that the attack was terrorism and that they suspected it was tied to Al Qaeda. As Fox dryly put it, it’s unclear why the intelligence community told Executive Branch officials it was spontaneous.
This is highly reminiscent of the event late last spring involving Newark, NJ, Mayor Cory Booker. In a May “Meet the Press” interview, Booker told NBC’s host, Dick Gregory, that the Democratic Party campaign’s attacks on Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney (in all but name at the time) for his time at Bain Capital were “nauseating.” Twenty-four hours later, Booker had been browbeaten by the White House into apologizing for his nauseating remark.
This is what is being done to Clapper—he’s being forced to take the fall for this administration’s dishonesty in its mischaracterization of the terrorist attack on our consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that left our Ambassador to Libya murdered along with three of his staff.