09/11/2012 Ambassador Chris Stevens’ last words on the telephone, “Greg, we’re under attack.”
09/12/2012 2 AM Gregory Hicks, deputy chief of mission, reports to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her team about the terrorist attack in Benghazi. He is the number one diplomat in Libya after the death of Ambassador Stevens. There is no mention of a protest or a video.
09/12/2012 “Since our founding, the United States has been a nation that respects all faiths. We reject all efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others.” President Obama, Rose Garden
09/12/2012 “Yesterday, our U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya was attacked. Heavily armed militants assaulted the compound and set fire to our buildings… Some have sought to justify this vicious behavior, along with the protest that took place at our Embassy in Cairo yesterday, as a response to inflammatory material posted on the internet.” Secretary of State Clinton, Treaty Room, State Department
09/12/2012 (taping date) “As I said, we’re still investigating exactly what happened. I don’t want to jump the gun on this. But, you’re right that this is not a situation that was — exactly the same as what happened in Egypt and my suspicion is that there are folks involved in this who were looking to target Americans from the start.” President Obama, interview by Steve Kroft, this portion released on 10/19/2012
09/16/2012 “Our current best assessment, based on the information that we have at present, is that, in fact, what this began as, it was a spontaneous – not a premeditated – response to what had transpired in Cairo. In Cairo, as you know, a few hours earlier, there was a violent protest that was undertaken in reaction to this very offensive video that was disseminated. We believe that folks in Benghazi, a small number of people came to the embassy to – or to the consulate, rather, to replicate the sort of challenge that was posed in Cairo. And then as that unfolded, it seems to have been hijacked, let us say, by some individual clusters of extremists who came with heavier weapons… And it then evolved from there.” Ambassador Susan Rice, conversation with Jake Tapper on This Week
09/16/2012 “The way these perpetrators acted and moved — I think we, and they’re choosing the specific date for this so-called demonstration, I think we have no, this leaves us with no doubt that this was pre-planned, determined. It was planned, definitely. It was planned by foreigners, by people who entered the country a few months ago. And they were planning this criminal act since their arrival.” Libyan President Mohamed Yousef El-Magariaf, interview on CBS Face the Nation
09/18/2012 “Here’s what happened… You had a video that was released by somebody who lives here, sort of a shadowy character who — who made an extremely offensive video directed at — at Mohammed and Islam — Making fun of the Prophet Mohammed. And so, this caused great offense in much of the Muslim world. But what also happened, extremists and terrorists used this as an excuse to attack a variety of our embassies, including the one, the consulate in Libya.” President Obama, Late Show With David Letterman
9/20/2012 “It is, I think, self-evident that what happened in Benghazi was a terrorist attack. Our embassy was attacked violently, and the result was four deaths of American officials. So, again, that’s self-evident.” Press Gaggle by Press Secretary Jay Carney en route Miami, FL
09/20/2012 A video was posted on Youtube of Secretary of State Clinton and President Obama apologizing to Pakistan for the offensive anti-Islam video. It was shown in Pakistan, as many times as $70,000 of taxpayer money would buy.
09/24/2012 (taping date) “Well, we’re still doing an investigation. There’s no doubt the kind of weapons that were used, the ongoing assault, that it wasn’t just a mob action.” President Obama, interview by Joy Behar on The View
09/25/2012 “That is what we saw play out in the last two weeks, as a crude and disgusting video sparked outrage throughout the Muslim world. Now, I have made it clear that the United States government had nothing to do with this video, and I believe its message must be rejected by all who respect our common humanity.” President Obama, Speech to United Nations
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