The White House, through its mouthpiece CBS, is claiming that Director of National Intel James Clapper is the guy who changed the “talking points” to eliminate terrorism from the focus in the wake of Benghazi.
(THE BLAZE) – According to CBS sources, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) was responsible, expunging references to “Al-Qaeda” and “terrorism” from the talking points. Though the head of the DNI is Obama appointee James Clapper, CBS is making it explicitly clear that the edits did not come from the White House.
CBS writes, giving more information on how the CIA and the FBI were involved:
CBS News has learned that the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) cut specific references to “al Qaeda” and “terrorism” from the unclassified talking points given to Ambassador Susan Rice on the Benghazi consulate attack – with the agreement of the CIA and FBI. The White House or State Department did not make those changes.
…an intelligence source tells CBS News correspondent Margaret Brennan the links to al Qaeda were deemed too “tenuous” to make public, because there was not strong confidence in the person providing the intelligence. CIA Director David Petraeus, however, told Congress he agreed to release the information — the reference to al Qaeda — in an early draft of the talking points, which were also distributed to select lawmakers.
“The intelligence community assessed from the very beginning that what happened in Benghazi was a terrorist attack.” DNI spokesman Shawn Turner tells CBS News. That information was shared at a classified level — which Rice, as a member of President Obama’s cabinet, would have been privy to.
An intelligence source says the talking points were passed from the CIA to the DNI, where the substantive edits were made, and then to FBI, which made more edits as part of “standard procedure.”
CBS adds that Clapper, who once called the Muslim Brotherhood a “largely secular” organization, reviewed the talking points before they were disseminated. However, their sources were unclear about who within the agency suggested the changes to begin with.
Quote via: The Blaze.