Earlier today, CBS News reported that at least two of the Benghazi e-mails that were leaked by Republicans last Friday were altered. The GOP leak of the altered Benghazi e-mails came five days before the White House released 100 pages of e-mail correspondence regarding the September 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi.
One of the altered e-mails was from Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes. The other altered e-mail was from U.S. State Department Spokeswoman Victoria Nuland.
Here's the Republican version of the Rhodes e-mail:
We must make sure that the talking points reflect all agency equities, including those of the State Department, and we don't want to undermine the FBI investigation.
Here's the White House version of the Rhodes e-mail:
We need to resolve this in a way that respects all of the relevant equities, particularly the investigation.
Here's the Republican version of the Nuland e-mail:
The penultimate point is a paragraph talking about all the previous warnings provided by the Agency (CIA) about al-Qaeda's presence and activities of al-Qaeda.
Here's the White House version of the Nuland e-mail:
The penultimate point could be abused by members to beat the State Department for not paying attention to Agency warnings.
Republicans have been caught red-handed altering official e-mails sent in the immediate aftermath of the Benghazi attack. I'm not surprised that Republicans would pull such a stunt, after all, it was the Republicans who misled this country into the Iraq War!
Even though the CBS News article linked above does not formally accuse either the Republicans or the White House of altering the e-mails, it does say that "there is no evidence that the White House orchestrated the changes."
Now, can we talk about the REAL Benghazi scandal...you know, the one about Republicans altering e-mails?
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