The Five Different Reasons Why Susan Rice’s Benghazi Talking Points Were Edited

A clear statement has yet to emerge from the Obama administration about who edited Susan Rice’s talking points — and why — before she relayed faulty information on Sunday talk shows.

1. References were removed to not tip off al-Qaeda and were substituted with “extremists,” according to David Petraeus.

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2. The links to al-Qaeda were too “tenuous” to make public by DNI because the source wasn’t trusted.

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3. “The talking points were debated and edited by a collective of experts from around the IC,” not just DNI, according to a DNI spokesman.

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4. The CIA told Senators McCain, Graham, and Ayotte the FBI removed references to al-Qaeda from the talking points “to prevent compromising an ongoing criminal investigation.”

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5. The CIA later called Senators McCain, Graham, and Ayotte back, saying they had misspoke to them and that they — not the FBI — had edited the talking points.

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Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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