Report: Attack Was Planned, Protest Was Diversion

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Sept. 12 2012 1:17 PM

Report: Libya Attack Was Planned, Protest Was Diversion

A vehicle and the surround buildings burn after they were set on fire inside the US consulate compound in Benghazi.
A vehicle and the surround buildings burn after they were set on fire inside the US consulate compound in Benghazi late on Tuesday.

Photo by STR/AFP/Getty Images.

Here's the latest twist out of Libya, via CNN:

"U.S. sources told CNN on Wednesday that the Benghazi attack was planned in advance, and the attackers used the protest outside the consulate as a diversion. The sources could not say whether the attackers instigated the protest or merely took advantage of it, and they say they don't believe [Ambassador Chris] Stevens was specifically targeted."

Josh Voorhees is a Slate senior writer. He lives in Iowa City. 

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