Classified talking points U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice used concerning the Sept. 11 attack on Benghazi, Libya, were disclosed Friday by Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein.
The California Democrat read the four points to reporters after the committee’s hearing on the Benghazi assault. The hearing also featured testimony by former CIA Director David Petraeus, Politico reports
Rice has been under fire by GOP legislators for saying that the attack on the U.S. consulate that killed four Americans had resulted from “spontaneous” protests to an anti-Islam Internet video.
She gave that same explanation on five talk shows on Sept. 16.
Rice, whom President Barack Obama is considering for Secretary of State, has since said that she merely was reading from the talking points that had been provided by the intelligence community.
According to Feinstein, the talking points stated:
• The currently available information suggests that the demonstrations in Benghazi were spontaneously inspired by the protests at the United States embassy in Cairo and evolved into a direct assault against United States diplomatic posts in Benghazi and subsequently its annex.
• There are indications extremists participated in the violent demonstrations.
• This assessment may change as additional information is collected and analyzed and as currently available information continues to be evaluated.
• The investigation is ongoing and the United States government is working with Libyan authorities to bring justice to those responsible for the deaths of United States citizens.
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