Evolving narrative over attack in Libya
Timeline of events surrounding violence at U.S. embassy
- Duration 9:24
- Date Sep 28, 2012
Timeline of events surrounding violence at U.S. embassy
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News as we told you the top of the program the narrative on what the administration knew.
About the terror attack in Libya and when it knew which continues to evolve to night.
The Director of National Intelligence revised.
Their original assessment according to the release now saying al-Qaeda linked groups are likely responsible for that attack.
But we reported this week that intelligence sources said that determination.
Have been within 24 hours of the attack.
So with that in mind we bring you back to try to put it all in context starting several weeks before the event.
An unclassified report called al-Qaeda in Libya a profile.
Compiled by the defense department's combating terrorism office and The Library of Congress states that under the direction -- -- -- senior leadership.
Al-Qaeda affiliates in Libya.
Al-Qaeda in the Islamic when gravel or -- Q I am and I'm sore Al Sharia.
Are gaining strength are likely joining forces and our quote currently in the expansion -- September 5 and sixth at their convention in Charlotte Democrats touted a crippling of al-Qaeda.
-- Osama bin Laden if he is better off now than it was four years ago.
Osama bin Laden is dead and General Motors of the line.
Al-Qaeda is on the -- to defeat -- Osama bin Laden is dead just four nights later September 10.
A video surfaces of al-Qaeda is a -- its spiritual leader Ayman Al zawahiri calling for jihadist to avenge the death.
A Libyan terrorist Abu -- yeah Libby.
Killed in a drone strike in June.
Expected protestor -- in Cairo after an anti Islam video is played on Egyptian TV.
The US embassy in Cairo puts out a statement condemning the video.
About 5 PM the first wire reports cross of an attack on the US consulate in -- Ghazi Libya that night the Romney campaign releases a statement condemning the attacks but criticizing the Obama administration for the Cairo embassy released about the anti Islam film.
Also that night the White House disavows the original Cairo embassy press release on the film.
US ambassador to Libya our ambassador.
Has been killed.
Along with three other Americans after a series of attacks America's commitment to religious tolerance goes back to the very beginning of our nation.
But let me be clear.
There is no justification.
None the focus of the Romney press availability use his overnight press release.
If you think they're coming says stands.
After the events really hedge -- solid overnight it was appropriate to be weighing in on this -- this crisis is unfolding in real time.
The White House also.
Issued a statement saying it tried to distance itself from those comments and said they were not reflecting of their views I had the exact same reaction.
The Rose Garden minutes later.
We will not waiver that our commitment to see the justice is done.
For this terrible act by this point according to sources the US intelligence community already knows the attack was a terrorist act has listed it as such internally to unlock resource is.
And believes it was al-Qaeda or al-Qaeda linked groups in Libya.
Sometime within the next three hours President Obama sits down with sixty minutes -- Recent events in the Middle East.
Given you winning -- About your support for the governments that have come to power following the Arab Spring I think it was absolutely the right thing for us to do to align ourselves with.
The notion that.
People have -- have to be able to.
-- -- their own governments.
But -- bar was pretty certain and continue to be produced pretty certain that they're going to be bumps in the road.
That afternoon the president leaves her campaign trip and fund raiser in Las Vegas 6 PM.
Fox News already has intelligence sources saying al-Qaeda linked groups.
Could be behind the attack US officials are investigating whether or pro al-Qaeda group known as the imprisoned Abdul Robin brigades was involved.
There was a coordinated military style commando type raid that had both direct fire an indirect fire.
Military movements involved in it -- this was a well planned well targeted -- no doubt about it.
And we weren't alone -- David Martin reports it may have been a terrorist strike.
-- to nine elevenths this was executed by a group.
That is either associated with.
Or sympathizes with al-Qaeda roughly 9 PM President Obama mentions the attack but spends most of the time campaigning in event.
Nevada is a battleground -- From Nevada the president goes on to campaign in Colorado.
September 13 that the State Department questions about security.
We did and evaluate.
The threat stream.
And we determined that the security.
At -- -- he was appropriate for what we knew and another statement about the anti Islam video there is no justification.
None at all.
To this video with.
September 14 the president and secretary of state greet the bodies of the fallen at joint base Andrews.
We will stand fast against violence.
On our diplomatic missions later that day on Capitol Hill.
It's pretty obvious that there's very likely that there -- -- terrorist organization.
That's affiliated with al-Qaeda.
Personnel -- guys see that -- At least some role in.
US ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice goes on five Sunday talk shows calling the attack spontaneous.
In fact this was not a pre planned premeditated.
Simply on the basis for -- ambassador right -- -- publicly disclosed.
Does the United States government regard.
What happened and then -- SAT and act of terror.
Again I'm not gonna put labels on this until we have a complete investigation.
Could not suitable or is that terrorism I don't think we know enough.
I don't think we know -- September 18 on the David Letterman show is this an act.
War are we at war now know what happened here well will -- -- here's what happened to you do you had a video that was released by.
Somebody who lives here.
Sort of shadowy character who who is extremely offensive.
Video directed at the that Mohammed and Islam making fun of the -- Beckett and making fun of the Prophet Mohammed and so -- this caused.
In much of Muslim world.
But what also happened was extremists and terrorists.
Use this as an excuse.
A variety of our embassies including the one the consulate in in Libya.
September 19 on Capitol Hill the head of the National Counterterrorism Center the only administration official to testify so far question I would say yes.
They were killed in the course of a terrorist attack on our embassy September 20.
-- -- -- We have reports that then White House -- today that the attacks from Libya where where -- terrorism attack what we're still doing an investigation.
They're going to be different circumstances in different countries.
And so I don't want to speak to something until we have all the information September 21.
What happened in that god it was eight terrorist attack September 24 then I heard this Hillary Clinton say that it was an act of terrorism is -- what do you have.
Well we're still -- them.
There's no doubt that.
The kind of weapons that were used.
The ongoing assault.
That it wasn't just a mob action September 25 that the United Nations there are no words that excuse the killing of -- There's no video the justifies an attack on members.
-- al-Qaeda in the Islamic -- grab and other groups have launched attacks and kidnappings from northern -- into neighboring countries.
Now with a larger safe haven and increased freedom to maneuver.
Terrorists are seeking to extend their reach and their networks in multiple directions.
And September 20 -- Bootleggers to the reason.
I think it pretty clearly it was a terrorist attack is because a group of terrorists.
Obviously you know conducted data track ball on the consulate.
And against or individuals.
That last sound bite from Secretary Clinton about as al-Qaeda Islamic -- -- matches are quote in that report I told you about at the beginning of the peace.
From everything we've been told the FBI tonight still has not stepped foot inside been Ghazi the site of the attack and may never get there we will -- on this story.