Judicial Watch files suit for original Benghazi ‘talking points’ memo

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Government watchdog group Judicial Watch filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the Office of the Director of National Intelligence for the original talking points memo issued about the terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi.

Judicial Watch announced Wednesday in a press release on its website that it filed the lawsuit because it never received a response from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence on its Oct. 19, 2012 FOIA request.

“Specifically, Judicial Watch seeks a controversial ‘speaking points’ memo indicating that intelligence officials believed from the outset that terrorists were behind the attack despite public statements to the contrary issued by Obama administration officials, including UN Ambassador Susan Rice and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton,” Judicial Watch said.

According to the statement, the Oct. 19 request asked the DNI to provide:

Any and all memoranda, assessments, analyses, and/or talking points regarding the September 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya and/or the killing of U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens produced by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence between September 11, 2012 and September 20, 2012. This request includes, but is not limited to, the “speaking points” memorandum referred to by Senator Dianne Feinstein during a televised interview on October 17, 2012, (see http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2012/10/17/ feinstein-intelligence-flaw-lax-security-to-blame-for-libyan-terror-attack/).

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence was “required by law” to respond to the request by Nov. 26, 2012, but never did.

In the days and weeks that followed the attack in Benghazi, the Obama administration falsely blamed an anti-Muslim video for the violence rather than terrorism.

Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton was quoted in the press release saying:

With all of the Benghazi lies coming out of the Obama administration, the only way to get at the truth is to release these records immediately. From the beginning, the Obama White House has been more concerned with self-protection than to disclosing the truth about Benghazi. The Obama administration’s lawless Benghazi cover-up is a disgrace and an insult to the victims of the attacks and their families.  The Obama Benghazi scandal makes Iran-Contra seem like patty-cake by comparison.

Read the press release from Judicial Watch here.


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