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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Growing Chorus Of Media Demanding White House Release ALL Benghazi Talking Point Emails

By Susan Duclos

[UPDATE] Benghazi talking point emails finally released by the White House and embedded in a followup piece.

Original post below

A chain of emails are leaked, then one email is leaked that deliberately makes it appear as if the others were misleading, making the White House very happy indeed, as they hope the Benghazi scandal would become one less to roil the White House on top of the IRS and AP phone record seizure scandals, but instead of minimizing the scrutiny of those Benghazi talking point revisions, now a growing chorus of media personalities are demanding the full, complete chain of emails be released by the White House.

Via Breitbart:

On his MSNBC show, "The Daily Rundown," Chuck Todd looked into the camera and said, "Attention White House: Release all the emails." 

The second limited, one-email leak, that appears to be have been released as a way to avoid demands for the entire chain of emails to be released, seems tohave backfired since now CNN, ABC, NBC, MSNBC, all have joined with conservatives, in demanding just that.

Stephen Hayes of The Weekly Standard, who first reported on the Rhoades' email, has been calling for the White House to make these emails available to the media for some time, and added an important point about context Tuesday night:

We don’t know who provided the Ben Rhodes email to CNN, but the leak did not include the earlier emails in the chain among top administration officials. If it had, we would know more about a curious reference on page 20 of the House GOP report. The report describes an email we now know was written by State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland, who wrote to the group that earlier edits to the Benghazi talking points did not “resolve all my issues or those of my building leadership.” And then, according to the House report, Nuland’s email reported “that the Department’s leadership was consulting with [national security staff].’”

Is this characterization from the House report accurate? Did the consultation happen? If so, who in the State Department leadership spoke with the White House’s national security staff? Why weren’t they satisfied with the earlier edits? What were the remaining “issues” with the talking points?

If the goal was to bail Obama out of the brewing Benghazi mess, tactically, whoever released the Rhoades' email to Tapper, just made a huge error.

In an attempt to insulate Obama for the 2012 presidential election, from the fallout of the administration's whole handling of the Benghazi attack, before, during and especially the talking points coming from the administration afterwards,  they made it appear as a coverup.

Now that the election is over, by still refusing to be transparent about those talking point emails, it is becoming far more long-lived than if the Obama administration just released the full chain of emails and dealt with the fallout.

Full Wake up America coverage on the 9/11/12 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya and the subsequent cover-up by the Obama administration can be found here.