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Benghazi emails reveal turf war over talking points

The revelation that the administration altered its talking points on the Benghazi attack a dozen times before publicizing them is clearly unwelcome news for the White House, exposing bureaucratic infighting and adding further fuel to Republican efforts to keep the Benghazi story going. But the revisions, reported by ABC News' Jon Karl, fall short of confirming Republicans' worst suspicions of a cover-up.

Critics have always been right that Ambassador Susan Rice's talking points were wrong; rather than the attack being caused by a spontaneous protest, as she claimed on several Sunday morning talk shows after the attack, it was a terrorist plot. But the fundamental question was whether the administration knew it was a terror attack and intentionally lied when it blamed the death of Ambassador Chris Stevens on a deadly protest instead.

The e-mails Karl reveals today do not make this case. While references to terrorism were removed at the behest of the State Department, the CIA's original draft of the talking points stated that the attack was "spontaneously inspired by the protests at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo." In fact, all 12 drafts did.

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