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Circular reasoning: CIA used media reports on Benghazi

Stop, don't waste taxpayer's scarce resources on false initiatives. Just read Time Magazine. Massimo Calabresi at Time Magazine suggests that Trey Gowdy hold his horses before launching an expensive and some believe politically motivated probe into the Benghazi situation. The reason is that the CIA fed talking points that relied on media reports and not just intelligence facts.

She reported the facts as they happened on Benghazi
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The fact that the White House was involved in interpreting the assessment isn’t a shock because that is what the Executive branch is supposed to do. CIA analysts relied on news reports of protests in Benghazi, fueling the scandal and revealing the agency's continuing struggle to accurately collect and assess publicly available information. The inept CIA had its hand on the throttle once again as it misinterpreted media reports.

“Before Gowdy launches another eight month probe into the attack that killed four Americans, it is worth noting that there is a simple, real-world explanation hiding in plain sight. It’s tucked inside the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence report on Benghazi, which reveals a key source of the bad intelligence that made it into Ambassador Susan Rice’s famous talking points: the media incorrectly reported that before the attack on Sept. 11, 2012 there were protests outside the U.S. facilities in Benghazi when there weren’t.”

“A Benghazi Scandal That’s Already Been Revealed: The CIA Believed A Media Mistake

Massimo Calabresi @calabresim
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Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., talks on the phone on the House side of the Capitol.Tom Williams—CQ/Roll Call,Inc.

The headline should read: "CIA flubs Bengahzi intel, then blames White House."

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