Even while White House spokesman Jay Carney reiterated that the attack against the US Embassy in Libya was a reaction to a film "m,any Muslims found offensive" and that there was no advance warning of the attacks, Democrat Senators briefed by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta revealed that the attacks did appear premeditated and planned. ABC News' Jake Tapper pointed this out to Carney during his press briefing in an awkward moment.
TAPPER: While we were sitting here, Secretary Panetta and the vice chair of the joint chiefs briefed the Senate Armed Services Committee, and the senators came out and said their indication was that this — for the attack on Benghazi — was a terrorist attack organized and carried out by terrorists, that it was premeditated, a calculated act of terror. Levin said — Senator Levin, I think it was a planned premeditated attack, the kind of equipment that they had used. There is evidence it was a planned premeditated attack. Is there anything more you can — now that the administration is briefing senators on this, is there anything more you can tell us?
CARNEY: Right. Well, I think we wait to hear from administration officials. Again, it’s actively under investigation, both the Benghazi attack and incidents elsewhere, you know. And my point was that at — we don’t have and did not have concrete evidence to suggest that this was not in reaction to the film.
But we’re obviously investigating the matter, and, you know, I’ll certainly — you know, I’m sure both Department of Defense and the White House and other places will have more to say about that as more information becomes available.
14 Sep 2012
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