April 29, 2014
White House officials consciously planned to spin the successful 2012 jihadi attack on the Benghazi diplomatic compound as an unplanned protest against an anti-Islam video, according to a new email found by the pubic-interest law firm Judicial Watch.
The Sept. 14 email by Ben Rhodes, President Obama’s chief foreign policy spokesman, described the public relations goals for a planned briefing of a top official — Susan Rice — who was scheduled to appear Sept. 16 on five Sunday talk-shows.
She was invited on the shows to explain the September 2012 attack, which killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans.
The goal of the appearances, said Rhodes, is “to convey that the United States is doing everything that we can to protect our people and facilities abroad; [and] to underscore that these protests are rooted in an Internet video, not a broader failure of policy.”