Reuters Still Claims YouTube Video Behind Benghazi Attacks
Reuters is still blaming the YouTube video, Innocence of Muslims, for the attacks on the US consulate in Benghazi on September 11, 2012. This is from an article they published on Sunday, August 18, 2013:
U.S. ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed in Libya's Benghazi in 2012 when Islamist gunmen attacked the U.S. consulate during a protest by a mob angry over a film they said insulted the Prophet Mohammad.
This claim, first made by then-US Ambassador Susan Rice on all Sunday morning shows, has been debunked many times. Here are a few examples:
October 9, 2012 – Under Secretary of State for Management Patrick F. Kennedy said the attacks in Benghazi were a coordinated terrorist attack. They were planned and organized.
October 27, 2012 – Libyan witnesses said it was an organized attack.
December 19, 2012 - Then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s Accountability Review Board released their report on Benghazi and never mentioned a protest or the YouTube video.
March 6, 2013 – Documents turned over by the administration show the Libyan officials knew an attack was going to happen and warned Washington, D.C.
May 8, 2013 - During the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on Benghazi, Gregory Hicks testified the YouTube video was a non-issue in Libya. He said he was embarrassed and stunned when he saw Rice claim there was a protest over the video.
August 6, 2013 – CNN airs a Benghazi special and it also destroys the YouTube/protest narrative. Erin Burnett reported US Ambassador Christopher Stevens had to change his running route because terrorists posted it on the internet. He knew and warned DC many times an attack was going to happen. He requested extra security many times.
The YouTube video had nothing to do with the Benghazi attack. There was not a protest in Benghazi.