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There are new indications tonight that the Obama administration tried to minimize perceptions that Middle Eastern extremists were behind last -- been Ghazi terror attack.
Chief Washington correspondent James Rosen has the latest from the State Department.
-- -- -- -- A department event honored to be diplomats and other Americans who died while supporting America's diplomatic missions overseas they included transmitting -- the 25 year old from Illinois killed in Afghanistan last month.
And before casualties of the Ben Ghazi terror attacks US ambassador to Libya Cris Stevens information specialist Sean Smith.
And heroic security agents tie woods and -- -- And thanks to their bravery and their sacrifice.
Escaped the attack.
At the same time what the US government knew about the Ben -- attacks and withheld from the American people -- more clearly the weekly standard published excerpts of classified documents from the drafting process that yielded the false talking points -- UN ambassador Susan Rice.
Delivered on five Sunday shows on September 16.
Five days after the attacks.
And the best assessment we have today.
Is that in fact this was not a pre planned premeditated.
But two days earlier the standard reports -- CIA draft of the talking points stated quote the crowd almost certainly was a mix of individuals from across many sectors of Libyan society.
That being said we do know that Islamic extremists with ties to -- Qaeda participated in the attack.
Four days later white house Press Secretary Jay Carney insisted no one in the government had such knowledge -- our initial information.
And that includes all information.
We saw no evidence.
To back up claims by others that.
This was a pre planned -- premeditated attack.
The standard identified further revisions to the talking points made by officials at CIA and the White House in -- at the insistence of then State Department spokeswoman Victoria -- and who complained some deletions were insufficient to please quote -- buildings leadership.
Today a State Department spokesman accused Fox News and other news organizations from building a mythology around Ben Ghazi.
-- reporting among other things but the special panel known as the day our beat which then secretary of state Hillary Clinton convened to review the attacks.
Is itself now under review by the department's Office of Inspector General.
Police investigation means that the -- looking into the possibility of criminal activity.
So this is not an investigation.
But rather a simple review of the -- due process and our follow through of the implementation of the -- doesn't recommendations the only thing got a specific piece to it has to look at how.
The recommendations are being implemented.
State again hailed the ARB's final report on Ben Ghazi as comprehensive.
Despite the fact that Secretary Clinton was not interviewed by the panel nor was at least one of the seven members of CIA's global response staff that race to the scene of the attacks.
Nor was a pair of career State Department employees as yet unnamed whistle blowers who will testify before congress next week.
Secretary Clinton -- interviewed.
I don't know what Secretary Clinton was not interviewed.
That I'd have to retreat to that.
Folks on their -- in addition the special ops whistle blower interviewed by our Adam Housley told Fox News.
But a firm stand down order previously undisclosed was issued that -- a special ops personnel who were stationed in Tripoli.
A separate stand down order which we reported back in October had involved CIA personnel.
But one surfacing now is said to have been issued by lieutenant colonel on duty in Tripoli that night.
Of the five special ops forces who received it we are told to delta members not under the colonel's command disregarded it.
Still more details will -- next week when those two self styled State Department whistle blowers appear before the health oversight committee.
Which is chaired by Republican congressman Darrell -- of California a frequent critic of the Obama administration also next week the senate may vote.
On the US diplomat who has been named to succeed Chris Stevens.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- a number of different threats and a very complex story thank you James.
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