Posted by AzBluemeanie:
I previously posted about the New York Times report Election-Year Stakes Overshadow Nuances of Benghazi Investigation - NYTimes.com, and the Washington Post's national security pundit David ignatius' column that CIA documents supported Susan Rice’s description of Benghazi attacks.
On Sunday, the L.A. Times also confirmed the New York Times report in No evidence found of Al Qaeda role in Libya attack:
The assault on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi last month appears to have been an opportunistic attack rather than a long-planned operation, and intelligence agencies have found no evidence that it was ordered by Al Qaeda, according to U.S. officials and witnesses interviewed in Libya.
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Republicans have zeroed in on possible Al Qaeda ties to the Sept. 11 attack that killed Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans, and have criticized the Obama administration for not saying early on that it was an act of terrorism. But after five weeks of investigation, U.S. intelligence agencies say they have found no evidence of Al Qaeda participation.
The attack was "carried out following a minimum amount of planning," said a U.S. intelligence official, who, like others, spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss a matter still under investigation. "The attackers exhibited a high degree of disorganization. Some joined the attack in progress, some did not have weapons and others just seemed interested in looting."
A second U.S. official added, "There isn't any intelligence that the attackers pre-planned their assault days or weeks in advance." Most of the evidence so far suggests that "the attackers launched their assault opportunistically after they learned about the violence at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo" earlier that day, the official said.
As I said before, "This is the most vile form of propaganda from the right-wing noise machine -- politicizing the deaths of Americans overseas. And Romney started it before anyone knew that Ambassador Stevens had been killed. He is shameless, and this should be disqualifying from the presidency."