Administration easing back from 'spontaneous' attack claim
Ed Henry reports from the White House
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- Date Sep 18, 2012
Ed Henry reports from the White House
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-- violence against US diplomatic -- is said to be easing in some places.
But gaining momentum and others also under fire the administration's actions leading up to the deadly attack on the Libyan consulate.
Here's chief White House correspondent Ed Henry.
With fresh anti American riots now also raging in -- Thailand in Pakistan.
Fresh questions -- for President Obama about whether his administration ignored or missed warnings from Libyan officials that they were having trouble controlling violence in Ben Ghazi.
Before four Americans were killed at the US consulate.
The administration had any sort of heads up.
-- violence was increasing specifically Libby up before the attack.
I'm not aware of any head this is a matter that's under investigation in terms of what precipitated the attacks what the motivations of the attackers were.
How what -- the video played.
Intelligence sources have told Fox's Catherine Herridge that before the attack the CIA had assessed eastern Libya was deteriorating.
Because -- four prior attacks on diplomatic and western targets.
And today -- seemed to back pedal ever so slightly from ambassador Susan -- -- Sunday declaration that the violence in Libya was a spontaneous reaction to that controversial anti Muslim film.
The best assessment we have today.
Is that in fact this was not a pre planned premeditated.
What party did still stand behind the video being a key factor he opened the door to other possibilities being uncovered during the FBI investigation.
The cause and motivation behind them.
Will he decided by that investigation there are other factors involved in the violence that ensued.
New questions as well about the fact that on September 10.
The White House put out a press release saying the president met with senior officials about the security posture around the 9/11 anniversary.
The release said the president discussed quote steps taken to protect US persons and facilities abroad.
Asked if the administration dropped the ball on that promise the following day in Libya.
Carty said numerous security steps -- -- him and would not directly answer whether security -- -- Ghazi was good enough.
You have friends say there wasn't enough security and -- I'm simply saying that this is a matter under investigation it is an absolute tragedy this we lost four Americans.
-- Gaza including our ambassador.
Including security personnel.
And there's an active investigation under way and it.
What what happened as -- specific questions about security measures at US installations.
-- referred that to the State Department.
We're spokeswoman Victoria Newman today walked back her previous claim.
That -- -- security guards had only operated outside the perimeter of the American Consulate.
Thank you for that because there was an airing what I said.
Today a new ruling clarified the administration had in fact hired a private security company blue mountain group to work inside the perimeter.
They were hired to provide local Libyan guards.
Inside the gate doing things like operating C.
Security access equipment screening the cars.
Significant because there are reports of those Libyan security guards turned on the ambassador -- that led to his death -- late today secretary Hillary Clinton said there was no.
Actionable intelligence about an imminent attack in Libya the key word being actionable there meanwhile the president late tonight -- An episode would David Letterman -- city as a new message for the Muslim world.
You need to work with us to protect American lives -- When this panel as well Ed Henry loved north lawn and thank you.
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