Compiled from emails exchanged between the White House, State, and other Federal entities, The Weekly Standard reports on details compiled and released that show what the White House knew, when they knew it, and what they ended up saying. (Image of talking points before and after on the jump).
The first, at 4:05 p.m. (all times are Eastern Standard Time), indicated that the compound was under attack; the second, at 6:08 p.m., indicated that Ansar al Sharia, an al Qaeda-linked terrorist group operating in Libya, had claimed credit for the attack. According to the House report, these alerts were circulated widely inside the government, including at the highest levels. The fighting in Benghazi continued for another several hours, so top Obama administration officials were told even as the fighting was taking place that U.S. diplomats and intelligence operatives were likely being attacked by al Qaeda-affiliated terrorists. A cable sent the following day, September 12, by the CIA station chief in Libya, reported that eyewitnesses confirmed the participation of Islamic militants and made clear that U.S. facilities in Benghazi had come under terrorist attack. It was this fact, along with several others, that top Obama officials would work so hard to obscure.
The Obama Admin went with the random riot and then YouTube video lies for what, a week or more–despite evidence it was an al Qaeda affiliated terror attack.
Graphic of the talking points changes follow. Go here for more details.