(Reuters) – Officials at the White House and State Department were advised two hours after attackers assaulted the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11 that an Islamic militant group had claimed credit for the attack, official emails show.

The emails, obtained by Reuters from government sources not connected with U.S. spy agencies or the State Department and who requested anonymity, specifically mention that the Libyan group called Ansar al-Sharia had asserted responsibility for the attacks.

The brief emails also show how U.S. diplomats described the attack, even as it was still under way, to Washington.

 

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The records obtained by Reuters consist of three emails dispatched by the State Department’s Operations Center to multiple government offices, including addresses at the White House, Pentagon, intelligence community and FBI, on the afternoon of September 11.

The first email, timed at 4:05 p.m. Washington time – or 10:05 p.m. Benghazi time, 20-30 minutes after the attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission allegedly began – carried the subject line “U.S. Diplomatic Mission in Benghazi Under Attack” and the notation “SBU”, meaning “Sensitive But Unclassified.”

The text said the State Department’s regional security office had reported that the diplomatic mission in Benghazi was “under attack. Embassy in Tripoli reports approximately 20 armed people fired shots; explosions have been heard as well.”

The message continued: “Ambassador Stevens, who is currently in Benghazi, and four … personnel are in the compound safe haven. The 17th of February militia is providing security support.”

A second email, headed “Update 1: U.S. Diplomatic Mission in Benghazi” and timed 4:54 p.m. Washington time, said that the Embassy in Tripoli had reported that “the firing at the U.S. Diplomatic Mission in Benghazi had stopped and the compound had been cleared.” It said a “response team” was at the site attempting to locate missing personnel.

A third email, also marked SBU and sent at 6:07 p.m. Washington time, carried the subject line: “Update 2: Ansar al-Sharia Claims Responsibility for Benghazi Attack.”

While some information identifying recipients of this message was redacted from copies of the messages obtained by Reuters, a government source said that one of the addresses to which the message was sent was the White House Situation Room, the president’s secure command post. Spokesmen for the White House and State Department had no immediate response to requests for comments on the emails.

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  1. bobbo, we think with words, and flower with ideas says:

    It was and is a STUPID position to take. Obama is still a politician… not a savior. Just a hooman.

    You don’t need any report to know that an assault with explosives and rpg’s is not a popular citizens’ demonstration.

    What makes this “incident” impossible to resolve is what happens all too often: its not one simple thing which is all simple tons can handle. No–this was an organized attack on the anniversary of 911 AND a popular demonstration.

    Damn Reality. Not simple. Stupid Lies never help though.

    • Guyver says:

      It was and is a STUPID position to take. Obama is still a politician… not a savior. Just a hooman.

      And you’d be saying the total opposite if it were a conservative in the White House.

      • bobbo, one Real Liberal making Obama a Moderate Conservative by comparison says:

        That doesn’t make any sense Muckguyver. Whats the opposite of a politician?

        Funny you try to rhetorically cast me as Pro-Obama on a post where I am not supporting him as a partisan would do. You try to say shit but your mouth is so full of it your articulation is less than audible, more of a munching sound …..

        We don’t have to wonder what I would “say” should Obama have been a Puke. We had BushtheRetards demonstrate what happens: a demonstration/attack with loss of American Life: a Puke would say/did say: “They hate us because we Love the Baby Jebus. I have ordered an Air Attack on …. ((where is the most oil today???))… I have ordered an Air Attack on North Dakota!!! You are either with us or against us!”

        Now… who on Earth could object to that?

        • Guyver says:

          That doesn’t make any sense Muckguyver. Whats the opposite of a politician?

          So you mean you would have said the EXACT same thing if it were a conservative in the White House? Seriously? LOL. No, I’m sure your ad hominem mode would have kicked in given your bias if it were a Conservative in the White House concerning the same situation.

          Pretty tragic how intellectually dishonest you can be.

          Funny you try to rhetorically cast me as Pro-Obama on a post where I am not supporting him as a partisan would do.

          Funny how you try to pretend you’re an objective independent making a passing comment. Sorry, but your comment just comes across as you trying to make a very weak attempt at somehow creating an illusion that you’re somehow not partisan.

          You try to say shit but your mouth is so full of it your articulation is less than audible, more of a munching sound …..

          Funny how this preceded the very thing you’re ranting about in the next paragraph. :)

  2. McCullough says:

    Then you agree Obama owes Romney and the American people an apology for THIS debate lie.

    Right.

    • bobbo, we think with words, and flower with ideas says:

      Well–I don’t know what Obama personally knew when but I think being stupid is worse than lying.

      Obama is not stupid, so on some level I think he was lying too. Or maybe just “disconnected” and not interested in that particular public performance aspect of his job.

      He should apologize and correct being stupid.

      I’d throw Hillary under the Bus. ((Accck!!! he can’t do that what with Billy winning the election for him.))

      Ok–I’d pull a Rmoney and keep the lie going and remember for the future its idiotic to make stupid statements that will come out shortly in the wash.

      Real Politik: no, he can’t apologize. “I’m running for President for Gosh Sakes!”

      • McCullough says:

        I’ll have to give you credit for not pulling a Dallas.

        • bobbo, we think with words, and flower with ideas says:

          I’m looking forward to his post as well.

      • ± says:

        ***Well–I don’t know what Obama personally knew when but I think being stupid is worse than lying.***

        Why would you confer any level of negative judgement on someone for being stupid? People don’t control being born stupid, but they sure control whether they lie or not.

        Your position makes no sense.

        • bobbo, we think with words, and flower with ideas says:

          I also said Obama wasn’t stupid.

          What do you make of that?

          • McCullough says:

            Schizophrenia is treatable.

          • bobbo, we think with words, and flower with ideas says:

            No… its not even subtle… the difference in what we do versus what we are. Being stupid as a choice versus a status that one is born with: two different things.

            Not amusing it is an issue. We think with words…. and fail as well.

            Little cagematch discussion on racism with the same simple failure. Its “everywhere.”

          • ± says:

            I think you’re right about that. So the lying part must be pathological.

          • Uncle Dave says:

            Come on. you’re talking about politicians. Why do you expect the truth from them?

          • Momma Gump says:

            “Stupid is as stupid does.”

          • Guyver says:

            I also said Obama wasn’t stupid.

            What do you make of that?

            It says a lot about your intelligence and objectivity. :)

      • Taxed Enough Already Dude says:

        Almost rational…till you smeared Romney…

        Cite what lie he kept “going”….

        There isn’t any.

        Its your fantasy.

        Perhaps while in orbit, grabbing your ankles so the aliens could do a thorough cavity search….too much blood rushed to your head…

        • Guyver says:

          Almost rational…till you smeared Romney…

          Pretty scary to think he almost fooled you into thinking he was rational by shrouding his partisanship under the veil of “objective observation” speak. :)

  3. Taxed Enough Already Dude says:

    Its worse than a coverup…at least 50 white house staff and advisers, perhaps even Obama himself, watched the attack as it happened….and did nothing to actually help.

    In fact, it appears Obama turned in early so he could campaign the next day…left them to die horrible deaths.

    • bobbo, we think with words, and flower with ideas says:

      Alfie–where did I post that its worse to be stupid than to lie? That was not a summons.

      So—what would you have had Obama do? Specifically??

      Evidently after not being able to actually DO anything, you want Obama to pull a Carter and lose his election because of a relatively minor overseas “crises.”

      Yes–4 lives, chaos, society in turmoil: all minor. There is an ELECTION to be won!!!

      • bobbo, we think with words, and flower with ideas says:

        Well, dusanmal below says a Marine force was 45 minutes away. That does sound reasonable to me. Not to attack the rioters, but to extract the Americans.

        So–whether it was a simple riot or a planned attack, I would like to know why Obama didn’t send in the Marines.

      • Taxed Enough Already Dude says:

        Send in armed drones, special ops…there were plenty of assets nearby…

        Obama should know there are these things we call ships, and planes land and take off from them, transporting seals and other special ops teams….ready to go on demand….

        Its said Hillary requested permission from Libya to do enter their air space…even if they said “no,” why would we heed that…

        Obama murdered Mommar Qaddafi….he bragged he killed Osama….it was Obama who caused all this eruption in the ME…not a video…., it was only a bit player…

      • Guyver says:

        So—what would you have had Obama do? Specifically??

        Evidently after not being able to actually DO anything, you want Obama to pull a Carter and lose his election because of a relatively minor overseas “crises.”

        Yes–4 lives, chaos, society in turmoil: all minor. There is an ELECTION to be won!!!,

        At least you’re honest that liberals have a moral / ethical deficit.

  4. Hyph3n says:

    Am I missing something here? These emails really don’t say that Ambassador Stevens’ life was in danger, and imply that everyone is safe.

    Lots of groups claim responsibility for things they didn’t do. An email from an anonymous (to us) sender may point at the force responsible, but is hardly proof.

    • dusanmal says:

      Are you reading “twenty or so armed men are attacking, explosions heard, Ambassador is in”safe room” “?
      But even the e-mails are irrelevant. WH admitted that they have had LIVE feed from consulate cameras AND LIVE feed from drone flying above… They have seen bombing, burning, killing (except if Obama have went to sleep by that moment). Seen. Live. Documented. Done nothing. This is 3am call from the Clinton ad in 2008. They chose to do politics instead of sending ready marines just 45 minutes away (most deaths occurred 4-7 hours into the conflict).

      • Hyph3n says:

        Yes. Because a safe room is usually considered a safe room.

        As much you want to make this a “fiddling as Benghazi burned” election year story… this was a very complicated situation. From what I read by the time the second email 49 minutes later was sent, the ambassador was already dead. The response team which I think were Marines were on the ground by that time. If the attack started 30 minutes before the first email, what’s this 4-7 hours crap.

        And you content the President was asleep at 4 o’clock in the afternoon? Got some proof?

        • Hyph3n says:

          That me clear up a thing or two… the response team was not the Marine but a special military team stationed in Italy. And the damning email claiming “Ansar al-Sharia Claims Responsibility for Benghazi Attack” is because they posted it on the Twitter and Facebook… and Lord knows everything posted on Facebook is the God’s truth.

          • MikeN says:

            The response team came from Tripoli about the same distance away, and did not have the heavy firepower. I think they were some of the ones who died.

    • Taxed Enough Already Dude says:

      Yes, you are missing something.

      • Hyph3n says:

        And what exactly would that be? Your belief that Obama took a nap at 4 in the afternoon, or a desperate attempt by Republicans to gain traction on anything?

        You know… Bush sat in a chair for 7 minutes listening to “My Pet Goat” after he was explicitly told that America was under attack. How many of you complaining about Benghazi were apologists then?

        • MikeN says:

          Yes, if Obama sat for 7 minutes, that would be a reason to not criticize. If Bush sat for 7 hours that would be a big deal.

  5. Grandpa says:

    The implication is that Obama intentionally did not provide protection for these people. So , why did Obama want these people dead? Were they Republicans?

    • MikeN says:

      Because this would anger the Arab Street. Did not want a heavy footprint in Libya.

    • Taxed Enough Already Dude says:

      He didn’t care…he had campaign events scheduled and couldn’t be distracted by governance….

    • Dallas says:

      You’re trying to rationalize with irrational sheeple while they are herding behind Willard.

      The notion that Obama willingly allowed death and destruction on Americans and property because he didn’t want to ‘anger the arab street’ is something out of Rush Lardass’s mouth.

      • MikeN says:

        So did he willingly allow death and destruction, or did his own agencies leave him out of the loop? Either way he is incompetent.

  6. dusanmal says:

    Another aspect clear from e-mails is that Obama Administration have hired “17 September” militia as security force for our Consulate… Catch? Head of this militia is veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan wars on the OPPOSING side, known Al-Qaeda leader, same for militia members and who is on record that he is against US and wants to wage Jihad against it… Who are idiots who signed in for such “protection” and why? What’s next, hire Chinese military to help us protect S.Korea or Iran military to assist in Afghanistan?

  7. deowll says:

    It took me a couple of days using media as my source to get it sorted out. The Libyans made it clear very quickly, by word and deed, that it was radical Islamist and they wanted no part of these people.

    The WH kept on pushing total BS. With the data they had they should have had it sorted out in broad strokes in short order. How can anyone believe anything these people say?

  8. MikeN says:

    Media still hasn’t covered just how long the attack was. They sent some people from Tripoli, but it’s not the same as the heavy air support they could have sent from Sicily which is the same distance.

    Now Obama says he declared it an act of terror the next day, a lie.
    Then he sent his ambassador out to all 5 networks to repeat the lie.

    They thought the media would cover for them and they could get away with it, as early on they were all attacking Romney.

  9. shooff says:

    Why did we have an ambassador in Lybia to begin with?

    Murders of all on Pan AM 103?

    Because Goldman Saks and British Petroleum (BP) wanted to make big bank.

    W. caved and put those guys on the ground by renewing diplomatic ties to enrich the Cheney, Zionist, and Neo-Cons.

    Prove otherwise.

    • Publius says:

      >W. caved and put those guys on the ground by renewing diplomatic ties to enrich the Cheney, Zionist, and Neo-Cons.

      correct

  10. Mextli says:

    I have it on good authority that Obama and “Mr. Ed” Biden were the only two entities in the universe that had no knowledge of this event. That being the reason Madam Secretary fell on her sword.

    • shooff says:

      See above,

      I missed you protesting when we resumed diplomatic relations with Lybia.

      I did.

      Missed your input on it.

  11. Nate says:

    I wish when people shared that photo it was always with the caption that those are Libyan citizens who are taking the smoke-injured Ambassador to the hospital.

    • tcc3 says:

      Especially because it was originally reported that they “dragged his body through the streets”

      • ± says:

        You and the person you responded to are idiots or young people if you think the ambassador died of smoke inhalation.

        • Hyph3n says:

          No blood. Black around the lips and mouth. If you have proof of something else, whip it out.

          • Tomas says:

            So they attacked, killed 3 people and then became humanitarians all of a sudden?

            Hahaha, that’s pretty good.

          • MikeN says:

            No, other people did the killing, and the looters took the body to the hospital.

        • Nate says:

          @Tomas, yes because it has to be the same people doing things there, there are no decent people in all of Benghazi, they’re all just thugs and terrorists. Now that I think about it, why would a consulate with an ambassador be set up in a city that has nothing but thugs and terrorists, seems like that is a bunch of wishful thinking on their parts.
          Ignant jack monkey.

        • tcc3 says:

          The med center they took him to is the source. And if that info is all part of the “coverup” it still conflicts with the “angry protest gone too far” story. In fact, angry protestors dragging the corpse aids that story.

          Turn off the Faux Conspiracy channel and use your brain.

    • MikeN says:

      Why put up that photo at all? This blog never posted the Mohammed cartoons, but has no problem putting up pictures of a successful Islamist attack.

  12. bobbo, we think with words, and flower with ideas says:

    ± says:
    10/25/2012 at 11:59 am

    I think you’re right about that. So the lying part must be pathological. /// No–Obama is a Politician, In America, Running for Office. Only guessing here, and giving Obama a HUGE benefit of the doubt: I’ll bet he was initially misinformed by whomever filters the world’s events for him and THEN when he knew the truth, he decided to ride it out with what he generically and serendipitously said right after the attack. Very much a judgment call the second time. Why take a “hit” for the truth when the context is politics?

  13. Dallas says:

    Cheney wanted an immediate invasion of Lebanon but I agree with Pres Obama that all the facts must come in first.

    The reason this shit is top of news is because someone benefits from it being circulated and reheated.

    • Taxed Enough Already Dude says:

      You agree with Obama…did you see my “shocked face”…

      Dallas is a macho name…it doesn’t fit you.

      Daisyass is better.

      • Dallas says:

        Shameful you would exploit the death of Americans at the hands of terrorists to score political points days prior to the election.

        No shocked face over here.

        Shame shame shame. This is the time to support America and our dear President. God is very displeased with you, Alfred.

        • stormtrooper 651 says:

          Exploit death to score political election points. Isn’t that precisely what obama was doing before he was caught out?

          • Dallas says:

            No.

            Explain how the Obama administration exploited the terrorist attack and what you mean by ‘caught out’.

        • Taxed Enough Already Dude says:

          Progressive propagandists like yourself are predictable…

          A Brief History of Obama
          How sarcasm and insult took over the Democratic Party

          The spokesmen of movement progressivism—Keith Olbermann, Rachel Maddow, Jon Stewart, and Stephen Colbert—spoke in tones of irony, sarcasm, knowing disbelief, glibness, and snark. Liberal bloggers and op-ed writers used the same voice. A television clip of a conservative would be played, a quotation cited, and the liberal would mug for his audience, whether on screen or on the page. Their basic attitude was: Can you believe this? These people don’t even believe in science! The fools! Derisive and smug laughter would ensue.
          http://freebeacon.com/a-brief-history-of-obama/

          Every day you prove facts and reality have nothing to do with your critiques.

          Its all misdirection away from rational debate on issues into ridicule.

          Everything you say is spin.

          That Obama and his administration covered up the tragedy of his ME policies, is now documented by film and email. Its not an abstract debate, its the clear testimony of the facts….but you spin even this…

          Which is why your credibility, and that of your fellow progressives, is zero.

          And when the rout of 2010 is replicated, and progressives vomited out of public office by the tens of thousands….you won’t find any comfort blaming Bush.

          • tcc3 says:

            You have no point other than “we dont like those guys.” Conservative commentators and pundits like Rush and OReilly use that exact same format. Beck does too, except he makes some shit up, then goes on his diatribe.

            If conservatives don’t want to be criticized for doing stupid shit, then maybe they should stop doing stupid shit.

          • Taxed Enough Already Dude says:

            Your credibility is zero…just a few moments ago, Panetta testified he refused all requests to help the Ambassador.

            The only help he received were those seals who disobeyed his orders.

            These progressive bastards were watching in the situation room or Embassy being attacked, and they ordered all requesting to help them…to stand down.

            Only two hero seals disobeyed their cowardly orders….and rushed to help.

            Progressives have proved their spin, their deriding others as stupid….is pure misdirection to hide their gross incompetence…EVERYTHING progressives touch turns to shit, as my daddy might have said.

        • MikeN says:

          My Pet Goat ring a bell? Osama even put it in his video.

          Clearly, you should never have complained about deaths in Iraq, because it would be exploiting the death of Americans to score political points. Any lies told by George Bush about WMD are not reasonable grounds for criticism because Americans died in Iraq.

  14. Captain Obvious says:

    Obviously someone should ask an expert what they think. Like a Republican former Secretary of State, maybe?

    • bobbo, one Real Liberal making Obama a Moderate Conservative by comparison says:

      Its obvious that politicians are not a source of truth==just spin. When they do tell the truth, its just a coincidence.

      How “fooled” do you think Powell was, and if actually fooled, how much an expert?

      NO–you take in as many facts from the source as you can get, then wait for a book to come out 5 years later.

      ….. can apply some common sense if you aren’t personally too biased.

  15. MikeN says:

    Obama also failed to send in attack helicopters and gun down the crowd that said ‘We are all Osama!’

  16. MikeN says:

    At least Obama didn’t blame on the Youtube video, the loss of 7% of the Marine Harrier fleet in an attack by the Taliban. The media hasn’t covered that at all as there was no ambassador killed.

  17. MikeN says:

    http://cashill.com/twa800/benghazi_coverup.htm

    He fails to make the link that this might be why Clintons are working for Obama.

  18. MikeN says:

    So this is a Behind Enemy Lines situation as well. Let’s see if we can get Gene Hackman to endorse Romney.

  19. john says:

    Trouble with Politicians they can’t admit they were wrong or made a mistake. they always try and cover it up. Obama is a great politician, he is just bad at telling lies.

    • McCullough says:

      I disagree, a great politician is great at telling lies, and getting his followers to buy into it. . This is why Obama is a great politician

      A great statesman is something else.

      • bobbo, the pragmatic existential evangelical anti-theist says:

        Very true. Remember when the Persians snuck up behind Alexander and Burned his ships so there was no retreat and he was cut off?

        “Look Men–our Navy has built us a Bonfire to Celebrate our coming victory.”

        Ha, ha. ….. and nothing has changed.

  20. MikeN says:

    http://9news.com/video/default.aspx?bctid=1927193023001

    Kyle Clark does the job the rest of the media won’t do. Nice to see a local reporter standing up to the President.

  21. MikeN says:

    So if you get your news from the New York Times, you would not know anything about refusing calls for assistance in Libya. Perhaps you should remember this the next time you post a most censored news stories list.

    http://query.nytimes.com/search/sitesearch/#/benghazi/since1851/allresults/1/allauthors/newest/