Source: Gov't labeled Libya attack terrorism within 24 hours
Intel officials give new details to Fox News
- Duration 6:00
- Date Sep 27, 2012
Intel officials give new details to Fox News
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Joined now by -- anchor of special report just breaking in this news for us this morning -- morning.
What what are you learning what what's the latest.
By the two senior US officials confirmed to fox that the US government the Obama administration knew within 24 hours of this attack and Ben Ghazi.
That terrorism was the cause in fact that we're looking for al-Qaeda.
As possible suspects and they believe they had -- good beat on a couple of possible.
Suspects that were behind the attack.
They believed terrorism was the cause.
Right away in fact -- labeled it as such.
The government the US government labeled it.
Terrorism in order to unlock the resource is needed to mobilize response.
Let's review this.
In order to respond quickly to something that's happening in this this US ambassador getting killed in Libya.
The government labels it terrorism.
And this is before ambassador Susan Rice goes out and says it was a spontaneous advance.
A crowd that we reported Catherine -- reported early on never was there never was a real crowd in front of the -- -- consulate.
Then we heard that developments over as we've been talking about -- the president really has never publicly said.
That it was terrorism yesterday Jay Carney said that the president believes it was a terrorist attack but the president hasn't said that.
We can report that within the first 24 hours the government labeled it as such.
And believe that al-Qaeda in Libya and specific group Unser Al.
Al -- and the Islamic -- -- which is another offshoot of al-Qaeda there was responsible.
Secondly we can also refer confirm that US officials say.
That sixteen days after this attack not a single FBI agent has been within city limits have been -- Having allowed -- and upon his incredible.
And there are so many questions to address here the first when it comes to mind -- is what possible reason would you have.
For sending Susan Rice out there to say that this was a spontaneous attack and you know they were basically tripping over themselves the administration to to talk about this movie.
To make it clear that they eat you know that that they were opposed to it that they found it disgusting reprehensible every other -- in the book.
So it's not also if you got -- -- and women over here that this talking about something that that it's now seems quite.
Disconnected completely disconnected from what they already knew it was an -- on what we needed to be an immediate investigation into our credit and -- and an attack that happened on the ground there and killed.
For American citizens.
You know -- there are multiple explanations possibly.
You have a Republican senator who's calling -- a cover up you now have several senators who are calling Susan writes directly.
And and you had -- -- out on.
She would have if she -- an intelligent -- intelligence brief of any level I've known that the government ended up itself.
Would have live.
Have had to have listed it as terrorism by that point me to unlock the resources to respond to the attack.
So at that point she should've known by the time she went to those five Sunday shows so it it's.
I think this investigation we're just starting to peel back the early.
And he's quite possible that if you're Susan Rice -- Robert Gibbs you know it's it's possible that they -- to know the answers to why they were sent -- to say those things as well.
Because -- you really wonder why you didn't hear from from.
Clapper on the head of the from you know the head of by the NSA John Brennan you know why would -- is not the people that were put forth talk about this.
And and one other issue that is want to bring up -- on this brat.
It is the question of art in a CIA operation that was gathering intelligence on the ground there and how compromised.
Apparently according to reports all of that has become.
Because our ambassador in this location was not secure and so much has now unraveled apparently because of that oversight.
Yeah I mean we've reported.
Extensively about al-Qaeda and how much they were expanding.
And how concerned the US government and the intelligence community was about that before this attack.
And to that and the CIA had many.
Assets on the ground trying to get a grip of what was happening.
Well after this attack and because of this attack and all the fallout from it.
All of that reportedly has been removed.
And so according to one official the eyes have been poked out so our ability to know and see what is going on.
About the extension of al-Qaeda in one of the most crucial places in the world in the war on terror.
Is being compromise I will give one thing real quickly Martha Olivier knocks the White House correspond with Yahoo! News.
First on September 20 -- out.
That the administration knew from day one trying to pin down he said in a tweet.
That they formally said it was terrorism.
This is what he said.
All the resources needed formally labeling terrorism.
Now it's amazing what Twitter does but looking back as wanna give him credit on -- day you know September 20.
44 putting that out there Steve Hayes has a great thing coming out on weekly standard that goes through all the comments.
As we continue to peel back the sun.
And even if that were the case that they don't wanna talk about it at that point they could've said that they could have said we're still figuring all this out.
And knock on with the other thing that was you know sort of a red appears to be read Harry in many ways Bret thank you weren't -- but it says I know you are and older to special -- tonight.
For that and more from Steve who is -- ruining their tools and.