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Libya Update: Internal E-mails Raise Questions


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President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton mark the return to the U.S. of the remains of four Americans killed in the Sept. 11 attack in Benghazi, Libya.
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President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton mark the return to the U.S. of the remains of four Americans killed in the Sept. 11 attack in Benghazi, Libya.

The Obama administration is facing pressure from Republicans to explain internal government e-mails, released publicly this week, which shed new light on what officials knew about the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. One of the e-mails suggests that the State Department was informed in the immediate aftermath of the attacks that a terrorist group had taken credit for the killings in a Facebook post. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton downplayed the e-mails, saying that a Facebook post does not amount to evidence. We'll discuss what the e-mails reveal about the administration's handling of the incident.

Host: Michael Krasny

Guests:

  • Eric Schmitt, senior writer covering terrorism and national security issues for The New York Times and co-author of "Counterstrike: The Untold Story of America's Secret Campaign Against Al-Qaeda"
  • Ethan Chorin, co-founder of the Avicenna Group, a non-profit in Libya, U.S. economic/commercial attache in Tripoli from 2004-2006 and author of "Exit the Colonel: The Hidden History of the Libyan Revolution"
  • Kori Schake, research fellow at the Hoover Institution and professor in international security studies at the United States Military Academy at West Point
  • Lynn Westmoreland, U.S. congressman (R) from Georgia's 3rd District and member of the House Intelligence Committee

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