"The State Department Had Major Reservations With Much or Most of the Document."

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May 15 2013 5:56 PM

"The State Department Had Major Reservations With Much or Most of the Document."

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-MI) and committee ranking member Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) on October 8, 2012 in Washington, DC.

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As my colleagues at the Slatest have been telling you, the entire 100-page trove of redacted Benghazi emails (from the White House to the CIA to State and back again) has been released in the convenient 5 p.m. hour. Here at last is the Telltale Edit, the revision made after State complained about all the background info being dished.

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But there are other highlights. The day this draft was being scratched out, this email was sent, referring to the FBI pursuing some leads about Al Qaeda.

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This is the email sent to Maryland Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger, who was asking for a usable draft of talking points. It was sent after the scratched-out version.

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And this is apparently what Jay Carney referred to last year when he could name only a cosmetic change to the talking points, something about the term "consulate."

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That FBI reference aside, I don't see much new that hadn't been shaken lose by The Weekly Standard.

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. 


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