Sunday, May 19, 2013

Republicans Alter And Then Leak Benghazi Emails To Suggest A Cover-Up

If this doesn't point out just how badly Republicans want Benghazi to be the home run scandal they so desperately want it to be then I don't know what other evidence a person would need.

Here's the deal... Apparently one day after The White House released 100 pages of Benghazi emails a report surfaced that alleged Republicans released a separate set with it's text altered.

CBS News reported that the leaked versions sent out by the GOP last Friday had marked differences than the official set.

The miscast quotes affect at least two emails that include a State Department spokesperson and a White House deputy adviser — the two parties GOP lawmakers insist were trying to engage a cover-up on behalf of the Obama administration to protect the president’s chances of re-election.

The two specific emails that were singled out and altered came from National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes and State Department Spokeswoman Victoria Nuland.
Ben Rhodes
Here is the GOP version of Rhodes' comment, according to CBS News:
We must make sure that the talking points reflect all agency equities, including those of the State Department, and we don’t want to undermine the FBI investigation.”
The actual email from Rhodes read:
We need to resolve this in a way that respects all of the relevant equities, particularly the investigation.”
As you can see any mention of the State Department has now magically disappeared.
Victoria Nuland
The GOP version of Nuland's comment, according to CBS News:
The penultimate point is a paragraph talking about all the previous warnings provided by the Agency (CIA) about al-Qaeda’s presence and activities of al-Qaeda.“
The actual email from Nuland read:
The penultimate point could be abused by members to beat the State Department for not paying attention to Agency warnings.“
Miraculously in the original email all references to al-Qaeda have vanished.

Mother Jones noted that the Republicans' interim report included the correct version of the emails, signaling that "more malice and less incompetence may have been at play with the alleged alterations".

Despite the White House's  release of 100's of emails that completely undermine Republican accusations that this is a White House scandal and the revelation of the tampered emails The GOP continue to call for more information and more hearings.

It's time to stop beating guys... The horse has been dead for a while now.

As you may have already guessed this story has yet to make an appearance on the Fox News channel.

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