By John Greenewald, Jr.
On September 11th, 2012, the American diplomatic mission was attacked in Benghazi, Libya, which claimed the lives of U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, Sean Smith, Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty. In the hours and days that followed, the attack was blamed not on a terrorist agenda, but rather, it was sparked by a spontaneous public protest that turned violent, all in response to an "Anti Muslim" YouTube video.
The tragic event turned into a political agenda by both sides of the aisle. Republicans aimed to discredit President Barack Obama during a critical election period while Democrats attempted to label Republicans as insensitive, and out-of-touch, while trying to politicize and capitalize off the four men killed in Benghazi.
- It was later determined that the video was not to blame for a spontaneous protest, and the attack turned out to be a well orchestrated attack with ties to an Al-Qaeda run operation. But who came up with the original cover story to blame the event on a YouTube video?
According to then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, it was her, and it's outlined in her new book, Hard Choices. With a thirty-three page chapter devoted to Benghazi, Clinton attempts to put the Benghazi cover-up to rest and clear her name of any wrong doing. According to critics, she leaves much to be desired.
“[The video] was unquestionably inciting the region and triggering protests all over, so it would have been strange not to consider, as days of protests unfolded, that it might have had the same effect here, too,"Clinton wrote. "That's just common sense."
Recently released U.S. Government documents obtained and archived on The Black Vault internet archive, show the Obama administration continues to withhold details of a "media strategy" discussion it had in the weeks that followed the Benghazi attack. Although many Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests have been filed - much of the information is still withheld and not released to the public.
Many believe these documents hold key facts about why the cover story was concocted. With the release of Clinton's book, she aims to put to rest the allegations of a massive cover-up, and wrong-doing by the State Department while under her watch, presumably to help her in a 2016 run for The White House.
Benghazi E-mails Released Under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)