Skip to comments.White House Contacted YouTube During Benghazi Attack, Darrell Issa Says
Posted on 05/22/2014 11:11:00 AM PDT by kristinn
A still-classified State Department e-mail says that one of the first responses from the White House to the Benghazi attack was to contact YouTube to warn of the ramifications of allowing the posting of an anti-Islamic video, according to Rep. Darrell Issa, the Republican chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
The memo suggests that even as the attack was still underway and before the CIA began the process of compiling talking points on its analysis of what happened the White House believed it was in retaliation for a controversial video.
The subject line of the e-mail, which was sent at 9:11 p.m. Eastern Time on the night of the attack, is Update on Response to actions Libya. The was written hours before the attack was over.
Issa has asked the White House to declassify and release the document. In the meantime he has inserted a sentence from the e-mail in the Congressional Record.
White House is reaching out to U-Tube [sic] to advice ramification of the posting of the Pastor Jon video, the e-mail reads, according to Issa.
Issas full statement can be read here.
Asked about the document, a senior White House official told ABC News it demonstrates that the White House genuinely believed the video sparked the attack all along, a belief that turned out to be incorrect.
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The video was up on YooToob a long time before 2012.0911
What ramifications? This is a free speech issue. Are we now openly Soviet?
This such BS from Obama. They were caught with their pants down in a city without an embassy and they were killed in a muslim celebration of 9-11. The cover up is to cover up why we ahd an ambassador in Benghazi.
So what made them think “hmmmm.... attack on Benghazi ==> youtube “ ?
During the attack - not after it - during it.
Points to the false kidnapping theory
There is enough evidence to initiate impeachment proceedings and a criminal investigation on the WH for racketeering and other offenses a thousand times over, but since nothing along those lines looks like it will materialize, I remain skeptical whether one more drip will break the dam.
Or maybe John John Karl the White But wanted to make the appearance it believed it was the video to cover it’s tracks all along the way. I just love his immediate conclusion they believed all along when there isn’t one kick of evidence supporting that assertion. Even within hours they were advised it was a coordinated terrorist attack they continued to trump this line on every major news circuit. The slobbering media having gone thru many sets of knee pads to take in the “One” still seeks his approval to this day. Our media is sickening with no critical thought to what they write.
So this was the first ever anti-Islamic video ever posted on youtube? Really?
Exactly what they were doing. They were busy constructing the facade even before all the blood was spilled.
What a crying shame.
Or a cover story concocted by Obama and Hillary. By that time, they already knew the Amb was dead. It was 3:11 am the following morning in Benghazi. And they were watching the attacks real time via video and the unmanned drone.
Now Youtube has this nifty little button that you can hit to report a video that you deem offensive, and Youtube will investigate.
So, if this administration knew that this "incendiary" video, was capable of instigating significant violence in the Middle East, possibly targeting American citizens, then why wouldn't you report the stupid video prior to the attacks????? I mean, there's probably 3,500 State Department employees surfing Youtube all day, and not one could hit the button that it might be offensive?
Since it was 3 am in Libya, the WH and Hilary probably thought the attack was over. The annex wasn't really hit hard until 5:15 Benghazi time.
Lost in all of this is the fact that the video in question told the truth about pedophile MoHAMmed. Poorly done, but accurate.
There’s another layer (or two) of this fiasco that were not seeing yet!
Must be one of Obama's sons writing this email.
It was offensive only in the context that Mooselims are offended by the truth.
So instead of working on a plan to get support to Libya in real time, they were working on the cover-up.
So the Brits were pulling their people out as quickly as possible. Meanwhile team Obama was crafting deniability angles to cover the dirty work of turning a toxified embassy staff over to murderers.
(Canada Free Press)
Clinton: Some have sought to justify this vicious behavior as a response to inflammatory material posted on the Internet. The United States deplores any intentional effort to denigrate the religious beliefs of others. Our commitment to religious tolerance goes back to the very beginning of our nation. But let me be clear: There is never any justification for violent acts of this kind.
Don’t think they didn’t look long and hard for some way to pin this whole VA mess on Ebay too.
I think I wrote on that day, 9/12 maybe?? as a LOT of Freepers did that the video in the morning had less that 500 hits, maybe less than that. There was a full video that had very few hits( less than a 100 because it was so bad, also no one even knew about it) then there was a promo which had as stated about 4-500 hits and I saw it after the FR-link was up for many hours.
The danged video was a non issue then, non issue now, what the president did and didn’t do in his little lying election year will , I HOPE, take him and his cronies down for good.
The video is a moot point to begin with.
We do not go about apologizing to attackers of our diplomats.
How do so many miss this point?
“Working on their backstory while our guys were being killed. Anyone suprised?”
That is the truth however WH will say it proves they believed video was to blame and they wanted to take action to prevent OTHER consulates from being attacked. You wait. They will use it to their advantage.
Holy crap. It CAN get worse.
>> What ramifications? This is a free speech issue. Are we now openly Soviet?
Yup. The regime pissed on the 1st Amendment as cover for the murder of 4 US Citizens, and few gave a damn.
I condemn in the strongest terms the attack on our mission in Benghazi today. As we work to secure our personnel and facilities, we have confirmed that one of our State Department officers was killed. We are heartbroken by this terrible loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and those who have suffered in this attack.
This evening, I called Libyan President Magariaf to coordinate additional support to protect Americans in Libya. President Magariaf expressed his condemnation and condolences and pledged his governments full cooperation.
Some have sought to justify this vicious behavior as a response to inflammatory material posted on the Internet. The United States deplores any intentional effort to denigrate the religious beliefs of others. Our commitment to religious tolerance goes back to the very beginning of our nation. But let me be clear: There is never any justification for violent acts of this kind.
In light of the events of today, the United States government is working with partner countries around the world to protect our personnel, our missions, and American citizens worldwide.
the sad part of this is that the cia link...seems all too plausible...
Metadata pulled from the avatar seems to suggest the gubmint MADE the vid to cover their a** on Benghazi.
Thank you for posting this—this Montagraph video says a great deal.
Busted Once and For All:
They were apologizing to Egypt before anyone knew about the video and before anyone was killed.
Who is Pastor Jon? Nakoula Basseley is the the video maker who was jailed.
Is that [sic] as well?
I believe Hillary had aready blamed the video for the earlier attack in Egypt, so the story (probably prepared in advance to cover up any 9/11 attacks) was already planned for use.
Yes, I caught the same thing. Must be the same moron who tweeted ‘Lybia’.
That’s what I was thinking. They are talking about a different video. They must have found the Nikoula video afterward and decided it fit the narrative better.
I think that pastor in Florida who burned a Koran was named John.
Wrong - that was Terry Jones. Who IS Pastor Jon?
To me, the most logical explanation is they are leftist idiots, and believe muslims are persecuted, and the video seemed a good explanation. Wasn’t the State Dept Twitter apology BEFORE the attack on Benghazi? People are making this too complicated. The other thing is, if the CIA or someone was doing something, would they really tell the State Dept?
The embassy put out a groveling, preemptive statement in an attempt to appease the brewing mob before it attacked.
News of the statement was broken by me on FR that afternoon.
Rather than acknowledge these were al Qaeda inspired attacks on the 9/11 attacks anniversary, the Obama campaign/admin blamed the video to preserve Obama's lie that he had al Qaeda on the run.
Surprisingly, Wikipedia has a good, but incomplete write-up:
Movement for Omar Abdel-Rahman
On June 29, newly elected Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi pledged to free Omar Abdel-Rahman, who he described as a political prisoner. On August 2, Egypt formally requested that the United States release Abdel-Rahman.
On August 30, according to Eric Trager, al-Gama'a al-Islamiyya called for a protest at the US embassy in Cairo on September 11 to demand the release of Abdel-Rahman.
On September 8, El Fagr reported on a threat to burn down the US embassy in Cairo unless Abdel-Rahman was released. Raymond Ibrahim described this threat as a unified statement by Egyptian Islamic Jihad and al-Gama'a al-Islamiyya.
A DHS report released on September 11 and reported by Fox News on September 19 indicated that a web statement incited "sons of Egypt" to pressure America to release Abdel-Rahman "even if it requires burning the embassy down with everyone in it." The Web statement was apparently posted on an Arabic-language forum on September 9, two days before the attack, and was in reference to the embassy in Egypt.
The Wikipedia report doesn't include Ayman al Zawahiri's younger brother Mohammed's on site claim of credit for the protest/attack.
Exactly. That’s partially why the apology seemed so odd.
Remember clicking on it -— only watched a little because it was so bad. And yes the number of views was extremely low
The “Pastor Jon” video is NOT the “Innocence of Muslims” video blamed later, too?!
The link in your 9/11/12 thread to the statement deom US Embassy Cairo returns “file not found.”
Wow! That is major. Thanks for the ping, cyn. I would have missed this.
US Embassy in Cairo quietly deletes its we stand by our condemnation tweet; Update: More deleted tweets!
Here is Hillary pushing it again on Sept. 13th.
Clinton: Anti-Islam Video 'Disgusting' (video 2:56)
Here is a 'senior administration official' trying to distance 0bamugabe from Hillary's f-up and at the same time admitting by inference that she was the source of the 'video did it' meme.
Senior administration official: The Cairo embassys statement does not reflect the view of the U.S. government; Update: Romney calls embassy statement disgraceful
posted at 10:34 pm on September 11, 2012 by Allahpundit
The White House is disavowing a statement from their own Cairo embassy that apologized for anti-Muslim activity in the United States.
The statement by Embassy Cairo was not cleared by Washington and does not reflect the views of the United States government, a senior administration official told POLITICO
Some have sought to justify this vicious behavior as a response to inflammatory material posted on the Internet. The United States deplores any intentional effort to denigrate the religious beliefs of others. Our commitment to religious tolerance goes back to the very beginning of our nation. But let me be clear: There is never any justification for violent acts of this kind, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in a Tuesday statement.
And here 0bamugabe and Hillary work together to try to prop up her 'video did it' nonsense and spread it even further.
Nope, she never said anything about a 'video.'
Father of Fallen SEAL: Hillary Told Me Theyd Get That Filmmaker Good 10/25/2012 videos at link
Perhaps the administration planned on producing the video themselves but when the four died they didn’t have time. The script got flipped!
Montagraph put up a new video on May 1st. It is basically a refresher of his original findings of the connection between Stanley Inc., a DoD subcontractor, to the Innocence of Muslims video. He also shows when and by whom the name was changed.
Here is a video by another Vlogger who demonstrates how Innocence of Muslims was traced to Stanley Inc. through the meta-data.
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