The Obama administration dumped 16 pages of emails related to Benghazi on Christmas Eve, but the documents are heavily edited to conceal what was considered as sensitive information, so few new details have been revealed about the Benghazi attacks or al-Qaida recruiter Anwar al-Awlaki.
The documents were released by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence in response to a Freedom of Information Act request, reports Politico
, and include intelligence officials' communications from 2011 and 2012.
But only a few lines are visible in some of the emails. In one, just two of 17 lines of text were not redacted and in another, just the text "Attached it the final draft; we need comment/coordination by 1000, Friday (tomorrow) 19 October 2012," is visible.
Further emails share news clippings. One February email in 2011 was sent in response to the State Deparment and with regards to al-Awlaki's passport being revoked.
Al-Awlaki was killed later that year, in September, during a drone strike in Yemen. It wasn't until the next year that the State Department reported revoking his passport.
There were also memos in Thursday's dump that include details about using existing protocol to protect intelligence.
This is not the first time that the Obama Administration has released information during holidays. In May, the administration released a trove of 296 emails sent from Hillary Clinton's private server.
Sandy Fitzgerald has more than three decades in journalism and serves as a general assignment writer for Newsmax covering news, media, and politics.
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