October 24th, 2012
11:38 PM ET

Doubts surface over e-mail on claim of responsibility for Benghazi attack

By CNN's Tim Lister and Paul Cruickshank

The often fiercely political debate over who knew what - and when - about the September 11 assault on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi has taken another turn with the disclosure of a series of e-mails sent from the State Department on the night of the attack.

But the most explosive of the e-mails - which were released late Tuesday - may have been inaccurate, a "spot report" on a rapidly evolving and highly confusing situation.

The disclosure of the e-mail has given new life to the already fevered debate over when the Obama administration learned that the attack was more than a protest that turned deadly but was the work of terrorists.

The e-mail carried the subject line: "Update 2: Ansar al Sharia Claims Responsibility For Benghazi Attack." The message said: "Embassy Tripoli reports the group has claimed responsibility on Facebook and Twitter and has called for an attack on Embassy Tripoli."

That message was sent to a wide range of federal offices, including the FBI, from the State Department at 6:07 p.m. ET on September 11 - seven minutes into September 12 in Libya. At that time, the attack on the consulate was ongoing, and the subsequent assault on the annex building, in which two more Americans would be killed, had not begun.

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Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, and two other Republicans in the Senate wrote Wednesday to Obama, saying: "These emails make clear that your Administration knew within two hours of the attack that it was a terrorist act and that Ansar al-Sharia, a Libyan militant group with links to Al-Qaeda, had claimed responsibility for it."

However, an examination of the known Facebook and Twitter accounts of Ansar al-Sharia in Benghazi reveals no such claim of responsibility. Aaron Zelin, a research fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, tracks dozens of jihadist websites and archives much of what they say. He told CNN he was unaware of any such claim having been posted on the official Facebook page or Twitter feed of Ansar al-Sharia in Benghazi.

Zelin, who said his RSS feed sends him any new statement from the group, provided CNN with a copy of that feed. It shows no Facebook update between September 8 and September 12, when a posting late that afternoon first referenced the attack. Zelin notes that the posting referred to a news conference the group had held earlier that day in Benghazi in which it denied any role in the assault on the consulate, while sympathizing with the attackers.

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Accompanying a posting of the news conference on YouTube, a commentary says that the attack on the consulate was "a wave of rage for Allah and his Prophet, it came from the Muslim youths."

The posting continues: "Ansar al-Sharia brigade did not officially participate as a military body, nor received any orders directed from the brigade."

The group's Twitter feed tells the same story. The account, @anssarelshariea, bears the group's logo and a tweet on September 8 - and then nothing until four days later. And at no point is there a claim of involvement in or responsibility for the attack on the U.S. Consulate compound.

Perhaps the person who reported the claim of responsibility - and the threat against the consulate - was viewing another Ansar al-Sharia site, or one supportive of the group.

In the hours following such incidents, it is not unusual for "spot reports" from agencies and overseas posts to pour in to the State Department. They typically include intercepts, what's picked up on social media, witness accounts and what's being said by local officials. They often contain raw, unfiltered information that is then analyzed for clues, patterns and contradictions.

In the case of the Benghazi attack, there were plenty of contradictions. Such situations are frequently chaotic, with claim and counter-claim by witnesses unsure of what happened when, according to U.S. officials. Building a complete picture without access to first-hand-accounts and little visual evidence can be a major challenge to government experts working from thousands of miles away.

So too have been the attempts to pin down who represents Ansar al-Shariah and their movements on the night of the attack.

Wings of Ansar al-Sharia, which means "partisans" or "supporters of Islamic law," are based not only in Benghazi but in the Libyan town of Derna, east of Benghazi. The group's leaders in Derna are thought to include Abu Sufyan bin Qumu, a former Guantanamo Bay detainee.

A different Ansar al-Sharia is affiliated with al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula in Yemen, and budding franchises are said to exist in Tunisia, Morocco and Egypt.

As Zelin wrote last month in Foreign Policy, the groups "lack a unified command structure or even a bandleader like the central al Qaeda command....They are fighting in different lands using different means."

Wherever they may be, members of Ansar al-Shariah are united by a shared outlook, one that is implacably anti-Western and in favor of the imposition of Shariah law across the Muslim world.

The description on the Ansar al-Sharia (Benghazi) Twitter feed proclaims: "The goals of Ansar al-Sharia brigade is to implement the laws of Allah on the land, and reject the human implemented laws and earthly made constitutions. There will be nothing ruling in this country other than the laws of Allah."

Zelin said he believes that the rise of the groups heralds the end of the dominance of global jihad by a single hierarchical organization such as al Qaeda - and returns the state of jihad to the jumble that characterized it during the 1990s.

"One key difference, however, is that jihadi groups are now more ideologically homogenous," Zelin wrote in Foreign Policy.

"In the 1990s, jihadis thought locally and acted locally, while many now talk globally and act locally."

CNN's Pam Benson contributed to this report

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  1. Gregory

    This newest information should sicken Americans to think that we could have saved these men and chose not to and then the Obama administration decided to cover it up with a flimsy lie.

    October 26, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Reply
  2. David

    The audacity of not even covering this story like it's big news is simply appalling...

    CNN – You have lost a viewer "forever". Period.

    You keep trying to bury stories like, and we'll keep burying American Heroes...


    October 26, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Reply
    • Danny

      The blackout on this story by CNN, NBC, ABC and CBS is breath taking! It looms larger than Watergate when you take into account the aspect of murder in this event. The White House continues its Alfred E. Newman shoulder shrug saying "What? Me worry?" while the families mourn and Americans wait for truth. They watched this event real time with the same drones that gave them a ring side seat to Osama's execution. They watched this one too and refused to bring aid. They ignored repeated early requests for protection by a frightened Ambassador. We should be discussing, no DEMANDING, impeachment of both Barrack and Joe. Yes, Joe, this too is "a big F-'ing deal!"

      October 26, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Reply
      • Pet Packer

        just heard that the one seal guy that (he and the other), ignored stand back orders and went to the aid of the other two, left behind a wife and a 3 MONTH OLD BABY ...... You people that think obama is soooo great need to really let this sink in ..... He and his bunch took away a Husband and a Daddy of a precious lil girl that will never know her Daddy, and know that a president of theUnited States and his cronies had him MURDERED ....

        October 26, 2012 at 10:12 pm |
  3. Linda

    Shame on you CNN-especially Cooper.I always admired you,but no more.Why isn't CNN furious about Benghazi& Obamas coverup-Oh,wait–have to keep hush hush. No wonder you have less& less audiences.You are getting as bad as NBC&MSNBC

    October 26, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Reply
  4. Tony

    Get real. This Obama administration is a failure and you know it. REPORT IT AS IT IS.

    October 26, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Reply
  5. yankee lover

    The way that CNN and the rest of the mainstream news media has essentially ignored the Benghazi story is unfathomable to me. How long will you folks bury this story to aid the presidents re-election? History is always the fairest judge and someday my 4 granddaughters will read about how this president and his administration lied to the American people and then attempted to cover it up. They will also read how most of the national news media buried their collective heads in the sand to help ensure a presidents re-election. My granddaughters will shake their heads in disbelief just as I am doing today.

    October 26, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Reply
  6. Pam Rowel

    I came to your web site just to see if you were covering the story about Americans calling for help and were denied. Of course you aren't! I knew you wouldn't. I can't believe you still have the audacity to call yourself a news organization. No wonder your ratings are down.

    October 26, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Reply
    • tasajb

      Of course they aren't covering it, because it's not true news. FOX has been pulling out lie after lie on this story since it started. Every single time, thorough reports around the world take their time to get time-lines and dates and FACTS lined up and then report them. Not just on CNN, but all over the globe. Then, we see ONCE AGAIN, that the FOX story is a knee-jerk reaction story with no basis in verifiable fact. The terrorist group the administration supposedly lied about denied all responsibility hours before the attacks were even over.

      October 26, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Reply
      • Danny

        Since when are redacted copies of REAL e-mail messages and first person accounts of the events implicating your President "knee jerk reactions by Fox News?!" Denial is still more than a river in Egypt.

        October 26, 2012 at 2:54 pm |
  7. TRFjr

    Former Navy SEALs Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty were part of a small team who were at the CIA annex about a mile from the U.S. Consulate where Ambassador Chris Stevens and his team came under attack. When they heard the shots fired, they radioed to inform their higher-ups to tell them what they were hearing. They were told to “stand down,” according to sources familiar with the exchange. An hour later, they called again to headquarters and were again told to “stand down.”

    Woods and Doherty, who were ultimately killed in the attacks, bravely defied the order to stand down and risked their lives to get to the Consulate:

    Woods, Doherty and at least two others ignored those orders and made their way to the Consulate which at that point was on fire. Shots were exchanged. The quick reaction force from the CIA annex evacuated those who remained at the Consulate and Sean Smith, who had been killed in the initial attack. They could not find the ambassador and returned to the CIA annex at about midnight.

    At that point, they called again for military support and help because they were taking fire at the CIA safe house, or annex. The request was denied. There were no communications problems at the annex, according those present at the compound. The team was in constant radio contact with their headquarters. In fact, at least one member of the team was on the roof of the annex manning a heavy machine gun when mortars were fired at the CIA compound. The security officer had a laser on the target that was firing and repeatedly requested back-up support from a Specter gunship, which is commonly used by U.S. Special Operations forces to provide support to Special Operations teams on the ground involved in intense firefights. The fighting at the CIA annex went on for more than four hours — enough time for any planes based in Sigonella Air base, just 480 miles away, to arrive. Fox News has also learned that two separate Tier One Special operations forces were told to wait, among them Delta Force operators.

    Why are you not reporting on this CNN?

    October 26, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Reply
    • Bob

      I TOTALLY agree.. how come CNN – shame on you – for not reporting on these facts. Your lack of reporting on this is shameful to those of us who are TRUE Americans. To what country/politics is your allegiance, CNN?

      October 26, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Reply
    • pkf

      It's a phoney story.

      If you lasered a mortar crew firing on your position you would return fire; not ask for permission.

      October 26, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Reply
      • TRFjr

        Goes to show what you know about military equipment. the laser that was pointed is for targeting reasons so guided weapons fired from other locations can follow the laser to the target

        October 26, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
    • RightNow

      Yeah. Come on. Why aren't you reporting on this important news?? Heroes died on that day! Those same heroes who should have gotten help.

      October 26, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Reply
  8. Geek34

    Why would anyone, for any reason, give the order to stand down...this is insane!

    October 26, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Reply
    • hp

      Insane to you and me, WAKE UP to reality!

      October 26, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Reply
  9. JoAnn

    As a long time CNN viewer, may I say that your lack of emphasis and bias coverage of this horrific event is discusting? Even with your unabashed, continuing efforts to cover for the failures of this Administraion, I have been loyal to you. Come on, these are American lives that were lost! You have lost one more viewer.

    October 26, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Reply
  10. Letty

    I am disgusted that CNN is not being true journalist. You work for this administration, not for the people. How sad. I use to watch CNN years ago, I changed to FOX about over a year ago. What I love about FOX is that they drill not just dems but also republicans when need be. No wonder your rating are going down the toilet.

    October 26, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Reply
  11. LL

    Come on people, you're being too hard on the media's fine investigative journalists. Look at how quickly they got to the bottom of how much Ann Romney paid for a blouse, and how diligently they got the information out to the public.

    October 26, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Reply
  12. Jz

    This is beyond fathomable for me. I went to ABCNews and there isn't one report on this. Not One! At least CNN thinks they tried! I understand being in the bag for Obama but this is criminal. The Administration knew and did nothing!!! CNN, ABCnews, Brian Williams you re a bunch of frauds.

    October 26, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Reply
  13. Dolores Bussey

    What has happened to good, reporting and journalism. CNN has become in my opinion irrelevant thus ratings are poor. I as a black female am so disappointed with you're covering or I should say covering up of the incident in Benghazi. Fox is fair and balanced I will watch them always from now on. You call yourself A News Channel. You are protecting the president. The truth will always come to light. I pray that all of you their at CNN will stop suppressing the Truth!!! You all will one day give an account to the Great Commander In Chief (The Lord Jesus Christ) for all your falsehood, or suppressing the truth.

    October 26, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Reply
  14. Linda Vitullo

    CNN, There is new information on the Benghazi attacks today. Where is your coverage?! CIA requesting to move in and help was DENIED! Obama and his team should be ashamed! Where is our leader? Obama, what is your explanation? CNN, your roll is to report, but that wouldn't help Obama's re-election right? There is blood on the hands of this White House and CNN is ignoring it to the benefit of the Obama campaign. Not a great day to be an American.

    October 26, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Reply
    • JH

      This is criminal! Those responsible for the "stand down" order need to be held accountable. The lies that keep coming from the Obama camp ( or should we say regime) are an outrage! What kind of message has been sent to other nations that pose a threat to our safety and security - you can bet they have taken notice on the current administration's position. It is time for Obama and his team to "step down". Do I hear impeachment! Whose side is Obama and Biden on? All Americans should take note of this event when they are voting. Shame on CNN, ABC, MSNBC, NBC, and CBS for the biased media position.

      God Bless all those standing up to protect America and our interests!

      October 26, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Reply
  15. Phil St.Pierre

    I just heard that Leon Panetta said it was to dangerous to attempt to rescue the 4 AMERICANS ,Yeah! Tell that to the Marines

    October 26, 2012 at 2:15 pm | Reply
  16. Sonia

    I have been watching your channel to see the coverage on Benghazi. Where is it ? What happened to the days when you could count on the news networks to report news. Shame on you for putting your political views ahead of reporting this.

    October 26, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Reply
    • JL

      Exactly. Shame shame, I came for the same reason.

      October 26, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Reply
  17. pthor

    This is absolutely CIMINAL that only FOX news is reporting this travesty! The Whitehouse denied our hero's help while watching them be murdered!!!

    October 26, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Reply
  18. Anne Verebely

    I guess you pick what news you report – never mind the 4 people's families who need to know the truth & the cover up & different stories from the State Dept & WH. It was a movie, it was terror, it wasn't a movie, it wasn't a terror...it's all about electing Obama. Here's why your ratings is in the toilet. Biased reporting!

    October 26, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Reply
  19. Debbie

    II feel such sadness and anger that our Government watched the Libya situation in real time, and refused the requests three times for help from the people there at our Embassy even though we had Drones, etc. that could have tried to help these people. The fact that President Obama, Hillary Clinton, and others have tried to cover this up because of the Election Campaign is shameful. Truth eventually comes to light. The fact that CNN hasn't had this front and center on your news is shamful also. God Bless those families who lost loved ones in this Libya situation.

    October 26, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Reply
  20. Jettman

    Guess it is true. The media really is in the tank for Obama.

    I hate to believe it, but it sure seems to be the case.

    October 26, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Reply
  21. deerjerkydave

    The media went bananas over the Valerie Plame story, and nobody died! But under Obama we have policies that are getting people killed, whether it is Fast and Furious or inappropriate security in Benghazi. Where is the media now?

    October 26, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Reply
    • janet sciacca

      Exectly, why are we even wasting our time on this website, CNN is a joke.

      October 26, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Reply
    • loveinChrist

      AMEN! This administration along with CNN, and the rest of the mainstream media is an utter disgrace!!!! We the people are going to remember this coverup and who, meaning YOU CNN and others that helped mislead this nation about the security of not only our people abroad but our nation as a whole. This administration can"t tell us the truth because they don"t know what truth is. They have told us so many lies, their lies just keep complementing each other, each lie bigger than the last.

      October 26, 2012 at 2:15 pm | Reply
    • hereinwashington

      here here dave. this is not even mentioned on MSNBC, and not a top story here. MSNBC is only talking about the 'right wing hate party', 2% GDP increase lifts obama', and how women and LGBT hate Romey. CNN will mention the story only spin it to debunk the truth. Hard to find the truth when the media lies as much as the administration.

      October 26, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Reply
  22. janet sciacca

    CIA operators were denied request for help during Benghazi attack, sources say

    Hillary Clinton, can now be remembered as responsible for the killing of our 4 Americans in Benghazi. Why is CNN not covering this? because they are in the back room trying to figure out a way to not report on it.

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/10/26/cia-operators-were-denied-request-for-help-during-benghazi-attack-sources-say/#ixzz2AQgr7iIu


    October 26, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Reply
  23. Jettman

    I just came over to CNN to see if they had found any journalistic integrity yet.

    Guess not.

    Come on CNN, good men died while the government fwatched in real time...Someone has ailed them. That part is obvious. This is a chance to restore some of your integrity. Do your job as a free press!

    October 26, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Reply
    • janet sciacca

      CNN is NOT reporting the news anymore. waste of time.

      October 26, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Reply
  24. Ragtopman

    WOW CNN your can't you see that the people want the truth. I guess I'll head over to FOX NEWS

    October 26, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Reply
  25. Paul Lorien

    I will admit I am a conservative and I find Fox way to biased most of the time. I flip between channels . I find CNN too liberal, but they are worthy of watching once in awhile. This is so alarming that they are not going to cover this story. As a father of a young enlisted Marine, I am totally eraged that calls for help went unanswered. Those that denied the help deserve to go to jail. My heart goes out to the parens whose children tha USA let be murdered.

    October 26, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Reply
    • K_Ippolito

      I agree. I think Fox is too Right and CNN is too left, but you can not deny that help was asked for 3 times. Very sad.

      October 26, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Reply
  26. Cristina

    I guess it is true... how disappointing; I though that at least CNN would cover this story. What a shame!!!

    October 26, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Reply
    • J-9

      The scurrilous actions of this administration certainly belie the new campaign message of the President...trust. How can we trust a man who would deny support to Americans in a firefight? How can we trust a man who would then lie and obfuscate in order to be reelected? Trust!?? Certainly not this President. Where are you CNN?

      October 26, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Reply
  27. Holly

    I was in college during Desert Storm. Your presence and reporting was unmatched...and quite frankly brave.
    What happened to you? How did you go from showing the American public the facts to shielding the administration?

    Never in recent history has a sitting president, the Commander and Chief, sat by and WATCHED Americans die...in real time. Never.
    If you cannot report this...then you must not be getting your paychecks from anyone with American interests.
    Freedom of press? Hardly. You have chained yourselves to a lie. Why? What on earth could be your motivation for your obvious compliance to the current administration?

    How does it feel to have blood on your hands? You.Are.A.Disgrace.

    October 26, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Reply
  28. sflmom

    It is shameful the lack of coverage given to the Libya attack. How horrible, what a piece of work you journalist are it makes my stomach turn. I cried when I heard this man Charles Woods describe his meeting with the administration at Andrews next to the body of his son. The POTUS could not look him in the eye and his demeanor was cold, Clinton saying something about the video and Biden telling the father of hero how big his balls were... are you kidding me?
    But what is your lead today on international news the Italian prime minister and his four yr sentence. Shame on all of you... God Bless those four American heros that died for a President and people that don't deserve their loyality or sacrafice.

    October 26, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Reply
  29. Geek34

    The government was watching the attack on the consulate through drones and did nothing.

    The president slept that night as the attacks were going on.

    The next day the president, according to him and Candy Crowley, called this a terror attack. He then flies to Vegas to raise money for his campaign.

    For the next two weeks the president, the Un ambassador and others in the administration pin this attack on some stupid video. In giving this video free publicity, they actually pi$$ of muslims all over the world that didn't even know the video existed.

    The maker of the video gets arrested for "parole violation", and we still do not know if making a stupid youtube video is a parole violation. Until someone convinces me that making a youtuve video is a parole violation, this man's 1st ammendmant rights have been violated.

    The maker of the video is then muzzled, and he cannot talk until after the election. Again, Unless there is a law that says you cannot interview a prisoner, this man's 1st ammendment rights are violated.

    Media like CNN are trying to sweep this under the rug to get their man elected. As far as I am concerned, the media has failed us.

    October 26, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Reply
    • Chad

      Fox reported a bit ago that there were 3 requests for help from the CIA guys on the ground. I'll usually check anything new like this on another newsource to see how much there is to it and you guys have NOTHING???? This is a disgrace to that brave seal that reportedly disobeyed orders to try and save our ambassador. I will never watch cnn again or check your website I'm so disgusted.

      October 26, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Reply
  30. Jeff

    Not reporting what is happening with the Benghazi incident makes you part of the cover-up!

    October 26, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Reply
  31. Dale

    As a Canadian who enjoys American politics, I am stunned by the apparent willingness of CNN to bury this story. There is no other explanation other than their concern about Obama's re-election. I look to CNN for unbiased, professional journalism and I'm afraid it is in short supply.
    Some of your journalists cannot even hide theiir contempt for individuals they interview with whom they disagree, ie: Soledad O'Brien and Carol Costello. What has happened to real news when a senate candidate who said something stupid about abortion gets10X more airtime than Libya yesterday.
    Where are the real journalists who dig for the truth no matter where it lands?

    October 26, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Reply
  32. Brandon

    If you want any real news turn to Fox news channel.

    October 26, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Reply
    • Press

      This administration knew the attack on Benghazi was a terrorist attack and not spontaneous yet three times they refused assistance to the heroic Americans who aided OUR Ambassador at the cost of their own lives. Where are you CNN?

      October 26, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Reply
    • janet sciacca

      You got that right!

      October 26, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Reply
  33. Brandon

    I have lost all respect for your "news" organization. When are you going to be journalists and stop being campaigners for Obama. Obama and his administration have lied to cover up the fact that they let american heroes die. I only turn your channel on nowadays to see just how biased you are. You should be ashamed of yourselves.

    October 26, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Reply
  34. Janet

    HONESTLY...CNN is politicizing the Benghazi terrorism by NOT reporting the truth and the breaking news! Pretend George Bush was president – you never had difficulty presenting breaking news when he was our leader.

    October 26, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Reply
  35. Chris

    This is even worse than Watergate. On top of the coverup, you have 4 Americans dead and apparently 3 different requests for help were denied. But let's focus on imprtant things like "UFO sighting in Kentucky." Embarrassing

    October 26, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Reply
  36. Old Big Dog

    I know most CNN readers/posters despise Fox News but if you have any concern for this issue you at least need to check it out. Have an open mind and make your own decision regarding what you see.

    Help Was requested and denied by the White House – Fox News reports from sources who were on the ground in Benghazi that an urgent request from the CIA annex for military back-up during the attack on the U.S. consulate and subsequent attack several hours later was denied by U.S. officials - who also told the CIA operators twice to "stand down" rather than help the ambassador's team when shots were heard at approximately 9:40 p.m. in Benghazi on Sept. 11.

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/10/26/cia-operators-were-denied-request-for-help-during-benghazi-attack-sources-say/#ixzz2AQbQMJcb

    October 26, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Reply
  37. Scott

    CNN – Censored News Network. Nothing negative here about the Obama messia ...

    October 26, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Reply
    • Pet Packer

      Just heard the father of one of our murdered Sons, he's an Attorney and said the coverup and events of how this was handled by the admin that night, is as close to criminal as it gets.... so, why don't clinton, biden, obama, etc. be held responsible and tried for murder ...... kinda treason? .... legally, I don't know but these people that caused these 4 Sons be murdered "need to be held CRIMINALLY responsible" and proscecuted.

      October 26, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Reply
  38. tamtag

    black hawk down....no back up

    October 26, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Reply
  39. Phil

    Wow CNN, You have betrayed the America people with your bias reporting. Where is the TRUTH?????

    October 26, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Reply
    • Pet Packer


      October 26, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Reply
    • Sandy

      Where is YOUR coverage on this subject?????
      Biggest issue going and CNN reporters are afraid to report on it. Shame on you guys...4 PEOPLE DIED !!! where is your reporting???

      October 26, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Reply


    October 26, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Reply
  41. brent taylor

    As a former member of the military, I simply can not believe I could be under attack for hours, call for help three times and be left to die. The fact that CNN and the rest of the liberal media is not all over this is unbelievable. How can any news outlet ignore this story. Do you have no sham? Put yourself in the shoes of men under fire, fighting for there lives. They are there trying to recover arms that can take down airliners. They are there protecting the lives of all of us. The call goes out for help and help is told to stand down???? HOW CAN CNN IGNORE THIS???????

    October 26, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Reply
  42. CDMO3

    Whjy is CNN not headlining the Benghazi story? This is huge and you should be all over it! What is wrong with you people? YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED TO CALL YOURSELVES A NEWS AGENCY!!!

    October 26, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Reply
  43. Caitlyn Smiuth

    CNN is slow in the uptake of this news story because they are too worried about covering the presidents a$$. This says to me and to others that by not covering this story in full CNN is condoning the presidents lying and disrespecting the brave men that died in Benghazi. CNN needs to get a grip, and me and everyone else that REALLY cares about the truth and whats going on in the world are switching over to FOX NEWS!!!!!!!!!!

    October 26, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Reply


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  45. John Bashe

    Hey CNN – If you have even a tiny shred of journalistic integrity left at this network, RUN THE WHOLE BENGHAZI STORY. And don't bury it in some obscure link.
    Watergate was a major scandal that brought down a President, but NOBODY DIED.
    So why isn't this your lead story? 4 brave men died and the apparently the administration made a concious decision to leave them and the other Americans there to fend for themselves. I suspect Obama's first concern was to not offend any Muslims. And since when do we need to ask a ragtag 3rd world country for permission to rescue our people ?

    In the beginning .......
    CNN = Cable News Network
    Then there was .....
    CNN = Clinton News Network
    And now ..........
    CNN = Cowards News Network


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  46. Geek34

    We're very close to being a nation run by state media

    October 26, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Reply
  47. Steve Hill

    3 times the defenders of Benghazi called for help, with the White House watching through 2 drones circling the compound,
    and 3 times THEY heard NO. 6 weeks later those dead patriots are hearing NO again from CNN, CBS, ABC, NBC.
    WHY!! Is Barack Obama so important to these news agencies that they will stand on the sidelines???

    October 26, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Reply
  48. American

    CNN, you guys are not a news organization, your'e an Obama deflection machine!

    October 26, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Reply
  49. Kris

    So the only place on your site where I can find information about the Charles Wood interview and the "Stand down" orders seems to be among irate people posting comments. Way to give a good example of media bias. Good luck keeping this buried until after the election. I'll bet there are quite a few early voters who wish they had their ballots back.

    October 26, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Reply
  50. Felipe

    Read the Truth


    October 26, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Reply
  51. Cathy

    Shame on CNN for not reporting on this story. Sickening

    October 26, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Reply
  52. Scott

    It's infuriating that this story is being buried by CNN and other outlets.
    Heroes died and the media is covering it up to protect their Messiah.

    To CNN: If you call yourself a news outlet, report the news.


    October 26, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Reply
    • sue

      yes breaking story is sights were set by our men with lasers white house denied 3 requests for air help for lasers denied 3 times! Imagine this being your kids people wake up listen to another station no news here!

      October 26, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Reply
  53. Digger

    CNN is the most bias driven network there has ever been I don't even consider you a news agency... You are nothing but a liberal based web site with NO consideration for truth, integrity, or ethics in journalism. Shame on the Clinton News Network for purposely trying to sweep this story under the rug so your pathetic network can try to help the Obama thug campaign be even more reckless then they already are.

    October 26, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Reply
    • Pet Packer

      Where in the heck are the brains of the people that are supporting this "scary" obama??? are they that brainwashed and deceived .... there are some smart (I thought) people out there supporting him, I can't believe it.... discard the movie stars, their brains are in their pocketbooks ....

      True Americans need to boycott and complain "constantly" and "openly" over announcers like, the ed show, rachell maddow, chris matthews, andrea mitchell, odonnell? and the rest of them that think Americans are soooo stupid.

      October 26, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Reply
    • PHuber

      CNN = JOKE – You ought to be ashamed for NOT reporting the Benghazi attack...4 AMERICANS DEAD!! No wonder nobody watches your pathetic channel.

      October 26, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Reply
  54. Suize

    Why isn't CNN reporting on the breaking news of the announcement from the father of the slain navy seal Tryone Woods?

    October 26, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Reply
    • Pet Packer

      Suzie, I just saw that .... omg, it brought tears to my eyes. I'm a military mom and grama, and it just tears my heart out. all people need to see obama and his cronies for what they are ... killers and liars and scary !!! and news announcers for siding with them.. these idoit supporters need to think of those four American Sons as their brother, father, son or relative or friend ..... this admin made a call that got them Murdered !!! how proud can that make you ...wake up obama supporters and get informed with the TRUTH ... not the CNN, MSNBC, etc newscast, they don't know what the TRUTH is in their broadcastingt.

      October 26, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Reply
  55. Cheryl Davis

    I cannot believe CNN is not headlining the Benghazi story! What is wrong with you people? This is huge and you are not on top of it! SHAME ON YOU!!!

    October 26, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Reply
  56. Terrence

    I'm glad to see you are joining the chorus of crickets (ABC,CBS,NBC, MSNBC). I hope you fail just like Al Gore's Current TV. Journalistic integrity is dead. Long live Roger Ailes!

    October 26, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Reply
  57. No longer trust CNN

    Seriously, not a word on CIA being denied help? I give up on CNN.

    October 26, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Reply
    • sue

      i agree story not being told of our 4 men was bad but worse now latest news is lasers were aimed at mortar attackers...whitehouse denied 3 calls for help with lasers set!!!! Sickening all these rags exist!

      October 26, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Reply
  58. Mando

    Another urgent story not reported by CNN! I hope the REAL truth is revealed soon! The deceased families deserve to know!Look to FOX News to get the details.

    October 26, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Reply
  59. paul ward

    wow! this is real 'arab/muslim' cover-up by CNN and Obama!,, it is scarey!.. and to think AMericans might vote Obama back in,,?,, what more you need to know?,,you all need to be smacked by a 2×4.... vote him out!,, there's lots more than this too!

    October 26, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Reply
    • rocco

      You are so right my friend-today fox broke that the 2 navy seals requested 3 times help-we have lazers on the mortars and you guys can take them out-no stand down-up to midnight no help-cnn-why are you not reporting on this-AMERICA HAS THE RIFGT TO KNOW-The father of the navy sael has talked to a radio show in disgust of what is coming out-come on cnn

      October 26, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Reply
  60. Chris

    Just because there is doubt over the alleged Facebook/Twitter claim of responsibility – this does not mean there is doubt that this was clearly a terrorist attack – and not a spontaneous protest turned violent. I have to believe that the people who write these articles are not stupid, therefore I can only surmise that these writers are trying to divert attention away form the real issue here. At the very least, the government tried to minimize the event and mislead the public about what really happened. Why? Why?

    October 26, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Reply
  61. Todd

    Thank you CNN!!!!! Your lack of coverage on this issue has Americans switching to Fox News to find out what happened.

    October 26, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Reply
    • Pet Packer

      a banker person, said they have to have CNN on their tvs at the bank. but constantly people are complaining and asking them to turn the channel to FOX News so they can see THE TRUTH ... he said, workers in banks can't wait to get home to see FOXS NEWS to see what they missed that day, having to watch other channels.... PEOPLE ..... go to your banks and tell them how upset you are about them providing news outlets in their banks that DECEIVE Americans.... I did it today, and got an applause !!! by 12 people in the bank (Customers), and most of the employers of the bank .... True Americans thank don't like being deceived, and being treated like children on what they are told.

      October 26, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Reply
  62. Austin

    CIA operators were denied request for help during Benghazi attack‏.

    Why are you not covering this story....the media should want to find answer for the public. 4 people are dead. I'm getting tired of going to Fox that is covering story. This is BS.

    October 26, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Reply
  63. Jeff

    100 years ago, liberals began a slow and steady plan to buy up all the major media. CNN is nothing more than shameless propaganda arm of the Democrat party. This story might be the beginning of a major awakening by the American People. Thank God for Fox News!

    October 26, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Reply
  64. Geek34

    Congrats CNN....You have officially made Fox New look neutral....I'm not even gonna comment on MSNBC (a joke)

    October 26, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Reply
  65. Joey

    Ofcourse barely any news source besides fox is covering this...abc...no...nbc...no...msnbc...cnn...mentions it but tries to say that obama admitted first day that it was a terroristic act...which he did not. He said it was from the video...only part of terror that was mentioned was at the end when he said we would not tolerate a terroristic act. Even on the view (yes, it is hard to admit I watched him on that)..he went on to say how people who put out videos like that should realize there are consequences....hence still blaming video.
    Now they want us to believe a facebook and twitter claims that come in right at start of attack prompting emails to all branches of our Gov't and the Whitehouse are to not a valid reason to believe they are responsible...but a video that very few have seen on youtube....with no references to it in Libyan attack is a reason to keep blaming the video?? Whether you like Romney or not...I find it hard to believe that people have faith in Obama. The stuff that he has pulled...the whispers to top officials of Russia that when he gets reelected he will have more leeway...the fact that he hasn't put out his plans (after he has been in office for almost 4 years), but he blasts Romney for that...and that he says the same old crap....and continually blasts Romney yet can say nothing truthful about what he has accomplished. Still blaming Bush for everything, taking responsiblity for nothing....even after 4 years....And by the way Mr. President....Romney is not Bush.

    October 26, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Reply
    • Pet Packer

      well put Joey

      October 26, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Reply
    • Americal69

      you may not know but there were protests against the movie at 15(?) other embassies that day.

      October 26, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Reply
      • Joey

        @Americal69 Were those 15 protests organized armed organized attacks on them? Did those embassies ask repeatedly for help within minutes of the attack and were they refused help? The attack that went on for several hours...no one came to help...but the 2 navy seals who were told to stand down had the courage to go try to save the ambassador when they realized that our gov't wasn't going to send in military back up (which was close enough to help). Now these families are all being lied to about what happened to their family members. There was a great interview with one of the seals dad's. Heartbreaking. But ofcourse you won't see that on cnn or msnbc (I don't know that msnbc has even mentioned the emails)...it's only on Fox. It's funny how when people hear you listen/watch Fox news they tell you how biased it is....ummm...are you kidding??

        October 26, 2012 at 1:47 pm |
  66. Geek34

    This has impeachment written all over it

    October 26, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Reply
    • Bj Wolfe

      it's amazing that Foxs news is the only news outlet that is getting this horrible coverup from the obama admin, out to the American Public... they saw the occurance as it was happening and refused those brave, American Sons help ... they have their deaths on their hands ... and CNN, MSNBC and all the others ARE NOT INFORMING THEIR VIEWERS (even as few as they are) .. that's deception and polics to the fullest extent ... they should be ashamed.

      October 26, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Reply
  67. oldfartguide

    This is a new low point for the U.S.A.. What happened to the idea of 'following the story, no matter where it may lead'?? This really appears to be a case where the media is covering up a story for purely political reasons.

    October 26, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Reply
    • oldfartguide

      This is a new low point for the media in the U.S.A.. What happened to the idea of 'following the story, no matter where it may lead'??

      October 26, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Reply
  68. Mr.Jackson

    I respect the decision of the moderator to block my post.

    I hope that the information that I provided is forwarded to any contacts in the US Government who are conducting the investigation. I have sent that information to US Government sources myself.

    As a patriotic American, I am alarmed that a disinformation campaign aimed at helping the perpetrators of criminal activity gain control of the government is not being confronted by investigative journalists to the extent that it should be.

    I am not referring to the Obama Administration.

    October 26, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Reply
    • Americal69

      uhhh yea sure whatever

      October 26, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Reply
  69. James

    Tell the real story CNN. The CIA was told to stand down twice while the attack continued for fours. Talk to Charles Woods, (Navy Seal Tyrone Wood's father), and stop playing politics if this was Bush impeachment preceeding would have began, why are they lying, report the news CNN.

    October 26, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Reply
    • oldfartguide

      This is a new low point for the U.S.A.. What happened to the idea of 'following the story, no matter where it may lead'??

      October 26, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Reply
    • CAT

      3 times...can you imagine the horror those poor men went thru before they were murdered IN COLD BLOOD? I thought we never left our people behind. It is absolutely disgusting to hear how our White House handled this massacre...oh yeah, they didn't do anything. Just partied with their rockstar friends.


      October 26, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Reply
  70. SayNoToStateRunMedia

    Okay. I'll quote from another news organization since you won't:
    After hearing shots, "CIA requested permission to go to the consulate and help out. They were told to "stand down." An hour later, they called again to headquarters and were again told to "stand down."

    October 26, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Reply
    • everdene

      Yep, you can now find out about this story at a few news outlets. CNN might report on this breaking news in about 11 days. No integrity.

      October 26, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Reply
    • Pet Packer

      and this president went to bed, cause he had campaigning to do the next morning .... the view ladies??? and letterman were more important than helping our precious 4 American Sons being murdered ??? their deaths are definitely on this president, clinton, biden and their corrupt admin. CNN, MSNBC and the others need to give me a good reason why they are also "covering up" this and the "obama bunch" .. Gee, what are these news outlets going to do after Romney is in and their corrupt, lying precious obama is out??? of course their "few" followers will loose interest and all True Americans who DEPEND ON THE TRUTH will still be with Foxs News... nanananana ... they call romeny a liar??? uhhhhhh what is wrong with this picture ..... America has had 4yrs of a horrible president who has been "caught" in coverups and LIES ....

      October 26, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Reply
  71. Chris

    BTW, where is the report about the CIA being denied assistance three times? Is Fox News that much more connected than your people. I seriously doubt it. You find it more appropriate to posr stories about the "arousal" gap. Nice.

    October 26, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Reply
    • everdene

      True. CNN is absent. The CIA agents, including those slain, where in full communication during the whole attack. They were told to stand down three times. I wonder if the slain agents were disobeying orders that came from the president. I wonder if the president is the one who decided it would be risky to take out the mortar attacks that led to the killing. Maybe CNN will report some of these stories after the election.

      October 26, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Reply
  72. Chris

    This is absolutely pathetic. 4 Americans are dead because of a terrorist act and all this week we have been getting information about what was really going on and you bury this here?Where is the video clip omitted from 60 minutes, in which the president states that he believed the attack on Benghazi was an organized event. Where is the follow up of the next two weeks and the whole "it was a video" excuse. He said it was a video at the UN after he was on the record, even though we did know he was at the time, saying it was the video. I had to do a search for it. I thought you guys were a little more down the middle than those jerks at Fox and MSNBC. You make me embarrassed to actually have a journalism degree. You should be ashamed of yourselves.

    October 26, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Reply
    • CAT

      I am done with this "news" station/channel, website, which I thought was one of the best in the past. I have HEROIC friends and family that serve this nation and we are all thinking that CNN is pathetic. Our HERO'S have been murdered and I can't find any of the truth or breaking information here. Fox News is covering this well RIGHT NOW and I am switching right after I finish this post. For the record, and it may not matter much to the "reporters" here, you have just lost at least 8 viewers/readers. GOD BLESS OUR BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN WHO PROTECT OUR GREAT NATION...THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE.

      October 26, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Reply
  73. Lina

    I am ashamed as American and as a Mom of how The USA Government has covered the story. I am disgusted how the American Media and CNN have done nothing to react and show the true story.
    How am I going to explain to my boy tomorrow that he has to be proud American and fight for the American Flag if the American Flag watched for seven hours real time how The American Soldiers were killed and did nothing to protect them, because this would have done harm to the Obama's Campaign....? I came from Bulgaria years ago, where during the communism was not legal to watch CNN and listen to the Voice of America... We would do it regardless, because we believed in the better World and the Freedom of Speech which we did not have the right to exercise. Why is CNN silent now?

    October 26, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Reply
  74. Molly

    If you want to find out what happened, or should I say didn't happen to go in there while the attack was happening, read Fox News's site. You won't find it here.

    October 26, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Reply
    • Jbwattle

      I agree 100%

      October 26, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Reply
  75. Holly Rene

    The Benghazi attack is a huge news story, and the American public have a right to know about it without having to dig. You are a news organization. Please report and do not add to the cover up. Shame on you. Obama's puppets.

    October 26, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Reply
    • CAT

      Shame on Huffpoopie, too. They don't have the story either. Why would these disgusting "journalists" want to protect a group of elected officials that don't care that our HERO'S being murdered? What do they get out of it? How do they sleep at night? My stomach is churning.

      October 26, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Reply
  76. Lenni Curl

    As Charles Krauthammer has said, your lack of coverage of the Bengazi debacle is journalistic corruption. Most journalists are schooled by the liberal elite colleges who convey to their students that they have the power to run the country just by what they write or DON'T write. Can't you just be honest???? If not, I hope that you will be out of a job soon!!!! I certainly will not watch CNN ever again.

    October 26, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Reply
    • oldfartguide

      I agree!! Now we know that the CIA requested help during the attack and it was denied. Nobody but Fox is reporting it. Is the media trying to help cover this up?????

      October 26, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Reply
  77. CNN part of Obama's cover up

    This is disgusting that this huge, massive and shocking story is buried in CNN's website. I had to conduct a search to find this article! Shame on you CNN. While Ambassador Stevens is dead now and voiceless, you stand by and ignore the fact that the Obama administration is lying and covering their asses in the name of politics. They wronged these Americans and you guys ignore it and focus on burying this story. SHAME!

    October 26, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Reply
  78. David

    So much for the media. I'm outraged that this isn't front page news- so should every American be. Start covering the story CNN instead of trying to bury it.

    October 26, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Reply
  79. Walter

    Who in this dirt bag administration allowed are people to die in Benghazi? Can't wait untill your all gone.

    October 26, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Reply
  80. Valerie Wynn

    DISGRACEFUL that the news media, other than Fox, is not reporting on this!!

    October 26, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Reply
  81. concerned

    CNN should be ashamed of themselves for not reporting on this event more. I am shocked at the lack of interest of such an important American issue. I can understand MSNBC, but CNN. I thought the network regarded themselves as the more centrist of the three.

    October 26, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Reply
  82. justin

    CNN YOU MAKE ME ABSOLUTELY SICK TO MY STOMACH!! After reading whats really going on at Fox I'll never watch you or visit your site EVER AGAIN!

    October 26, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Reply
  83. Debbyk

    Readers....Please take note that on the October 26, 2012 cnn.com home page, the only mention of Benghazi is in the dashboard "Benghazi emails". CNN....WHY is there not one mention of the Charles Woods' interview regarding his hero Navy Seal son? Too controversial for you 10 days before the election or not important enough for you? Well, it is important to me as my Dad proudly served this country in the USAF for 33+ years! I beg the question, did Ambassador Stevens have information harmful to the Obama administration?

    October 26, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Reply
  84. Jacky

    It's RIDICULOUS!!! How can you not be reporting this story better. You MAKE us go to FOX NEWS!
    I'm ashamed of our Media covering for the Obama administration. You are a joke of a news organization

    October 26, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Reply
    • Rick Risner

      You are absolutely correct! This is insane. We don't care if it's republicans or democrats tha screwed up. But every day this looks more and more like a coverup. Why does Fox have so much info and CNN doesn't? I'm really getting tied of NO ANSWERS to what happened in Libia and our people who were killed. Every day more and more HIDDEN info is coming out. A lot of people screwed up on this and they need to pay for it.


      October 26, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Reply
    • Teri

      Love them or hate them, FOX News has scooped CNN, again, by breaking the news on 3 aid requests being denied. Also, the 2 ex-SEALS went against orders to save Americans at the consulate.

      October 26, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Reply
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    October 26, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Reply
  86. greg zeikus

    I have watched cnn since its inception. I have turned off cnn now because of the spineless lack of honest reporting by wolf and jack on what happened when our ambassador and seals were killed in libya. cnn is neither fair or balanced. further more,
    candy should be fired for misrepresenting the news like dan rather did at cbs

    October 26, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Reply
  87. clayusmcret

    If CNN was actually paying attention to this story instead of trying their best to ignore it, you'd be seeing this morning's revelation that CIA requested assistance three times during the fight, were denied it each time and told to stand down on trying to save the ambassador. Itt's very hard not to give credence to the "CNN is in obama's pocket" conspiracy theories when one watches it actively trying to deflect viewers from news to supportive fluff.

    October 26, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Reply
  88. Susan Mahan

    Our President lies to us. The news media covers for him. And we the people sit back and let them get away with it.

    October 26, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Reply
  89. Mic68

    REPORT THE TRUTH. http://www.theblaze.com/stories/explosive-benghazi-allegation-cia-told-to-stand-down-during-attack-3-urgent-requests-for-military-back-up-were-denied/

    October 26, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Reply
  90. S. Bartel

    CNN's Tim Lister and Paul Cruickshank are losing focus, trying to protect Obama, or just seeking to appear smarter than they are. Obviously, the writer of the email must have Ansar al-Sharia's claim of responsibility somewhere. There is no reason why that person would have lied. If other people can't find that claim now, it certainly does not mean it never existed.

    And secondly, even if the post never existed, the State department and the Administration did not know that, either at that time or later – otherwise you'd have heard it from Jay Carney. Nonetheless, they did nothing about it and proceeded to lie to the American people about the character of the attack for political reasons. And the broader (and more important) message of the email – that the attack was pre-planned and organized by terrorists – turned out to be 100% true.

    October 26, 2012 at 12:06 pm | Reply
  91. alienmom

    Lance,Italian PM,Apple iPads.HEH CNN just join People magazine already.You have no credaibilty as a news source. The sad reality,those who go to you first are too stunned to know your failings.

    October 26, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Reply
  92. Julie

    If you want to know what real reporting looks like check this out!!!!


    October 26, 2012 at 11:59 am | Reply
  93. Jen

    Does anybody wonder why FOX NEWS has much better ratings than CNN. They, at least, are trying to get to the bottom of this tragic mishandling/cover-up. This is not going away any time soon. Watch Bret Bair on FOX this weekend to learn more. We NEED new leadership in the White House and the news media needs to do their job.

    October 26, 2012 at 11:54 am | Reply
    • Chris

      I was just at Fox News and there is much more information on that Website about this issue. They said request for assistance during the attacks were made three times but were denied. CNN needs to update this story and put it on the first page of its website!!!

      October 26, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Reply
      • Susan Mahan

        Don't expect that to happen Chris. CNN is far too busy trying to ensure four more years of the current administration.

        October 26, 2012 at 12:12 pm |
      • ryanwin

        Not just 3 times, mind you, but several times in the year prior to the attack, and denied every single time! These men knew they were going to die, all because of an incompetent administration. If you voted for Obama, the blood is on your hands as well.

        October 26, 2012 at 12:14 pm |
    • momof4boys

      You are right! This report is nothing but an attempted cover for Obama. Look right now at the exclusive report from Fox just now:
      http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/10/26/cia-operators-were-denied-request-for-help-during-benghazi-attack-sources-say/......my stomach is literally sick thinking of these brave men who risked their lives to rescue others, asked for help, had the enemy in it's sights with COORDINATES, and Obama let them DIE without doing ANYTHING!! This is not the America I know.

      October 26, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Reply
  94. Craig

    THIS SHOULD BE FRONT PAGE NEWS – CNN what the h3ll is going on? This is the biggest story about administrative corruption in modern US history and the media is ignoring it to highlight some nobody idiot's comments about rape and God's will.

    CNN do your job as a watchdog of government.

    October 26, 2012 at 11:45 am | Reply
    • Jare

      My thoughts exactly! The lameness CNN is trying to pass as headlines is unfortunate. Even if they don't agree with what FOX is reporting, at least give us your version of it. CNN why are you hiding this story?!

      October 26, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Reply
  95. Student

    Greg – A station cheif sends a message that he's under fire from a mortar and you think that somehow this immediately lands on the president's desk? You don't think this went to anyone before that..? There are many people with power to operate over such a situation. Please recognize that as serious as this was there is constantly an entire world of activities going on and the president does not have the power to micromanage every situation let alone keep bullets from flying and mortars from landing.

    October 26, 2012 at 11:23 am | Reply
    • Jon Samuel

      Do you think an American consulate is attacked by mortars and the President isn't immediately informed? Of course he is informed – or at least they attempt to inform him. We know he doesn't attend security briefings so it is possible he refused to listen. But absent that information we must assume the President was informed. Therefore the President is responsible for the lack of security before 9/11 and during the 5 hour attack on 9/11 when troops could have been sent from Italy in 2 hours. Further hearings are needed to get to the bottom of this mess

      October 26, 2012 at 11:39 am | Reply
    • chris

      It has come to light that the president , and vice president went to the oval office and new about the situation–then he decided to go backto bed so that he would be rested for his campaign appearance in Nevada and no one was allowed to help those people and that the guys that went to help had to go against orders–open your eyes and your ears–your behavior is cult like–

      October 26, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Reply
  96. rdsink

    I've never been more ashamed in my life. Americans calling for fire support, with lasers trained on the mortar team and denied. CIA operators requesting to move to the consulate to rescue the ambassador and the rest of the security team and denied twice. They did it anyway and was able to recover one dead american and the rest of the security team. Delta was queued, specters were on standby and the answer was no. Soldiers, Marines and virtually all the other services live by a creed. We leave know man/woman behind. I wish this administration lived by the same code. To the security members and their families we say hold your head high. Your loss will not be forgotten. Honor, strength and courage is made alive through their death.

    October 26, 2012 at 11:20 am | Reply
    • informedvoter1

      Don't news services share news. Here's something I want to share with you and CNN – http://video.foxnews.com/v/1925141359001/timeline-libya-attack-minute-by-minute/?playlist_id=903226511001

      October 26, 2012 at 11:32 am | Reply
    • Susan Mahan

      What is equally sad is that the only place to get the real truth is Fox News. Those heroes deserve more than a news media that is more interested in the re-election of Obama than the needless deaths of our brave navy seals and a U.S. ambassador. Shame on you CNN!

      October 26, 2012 at 11:43 am | Reply
      • Katherine

        You are so right Susan. Help denied. Stand Down?! You stand down Mr "Commander in Chief"
        CNN, you need to get all over this. Do you not care about the country? Thank you Fox News.

        October 26, 2012 at 12:20 pm |
  97. tony

    6 hours, we couldn't get them help.

    October 26, 2012 at 11:20 am | Reply
  98. Rafael Trefil

    Do we want 4 more years of this!!!!
    Come on America! The 3 Stooges would do a better job of running this country than this Duffus in the White House would. All the lying, cheating, corrupting and Socialistic BS from this administration has made us indifferent to their vulgarities. Out with the Scoundrels! Come on November 6!!! Can't wait!!!

    October 26, 2012 at 10:54 am | Reply
  99. Linda Luna

    PLEASE listen to the interview that Charles Woods gave regarding his son, dead hero at Benghazi. This story is not over and should get the press it deserves...outside of the political arena. very moving. I know you listen to GBTV, step up and play this interview on CNN
    Get answers that people are asking.

    October 26, 2012 at 10:43 am | Reply
  100. Greg

    Poor reporting that reads like excuse making for Obama. When the STATION CHIEF sends a firsthand report that they are under mortar attack, it is beyond comprehension that anyone could or would ignore that. Protestors dont carry mortars.

    October 26, 2012 at 10:30 am | Reply
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