April 30, 2014
A New State Department document obtained by Judicial Watch via a FOIA request reveals that then White House Deputy Strategic Communications Adviser Ben Rhodes and other Obama administration public relations officials coordinated a campaign to “reinforce” President Obama’s image and to portray the Benghazi consulate terrorist attack as being “rooted in an Internet video, and not a failure of policy.”
According to the Judicial Watch press release:
The main point of the White House team’s strategy was to paint the terrorist attack as being “rooted in an Internet video and not a failure of policy,” Judicial Watch said in an emailed release. Meanwhile, the State Department — at the same time that message was being shaped — initially considered the incident simply an “attack,” and perhaps even a kidnap try, the watchdog said.
A review of the Rhodes’ email (shown below) shows it to be a possible “smoking gun” explaining how Ambassador Rice received the direction to blame the Benghazi attack on an internet video.