Although it has had to file a Freedom of Information Act to get it done, Judicial Watch has succeeded in extracting a portion of Benghazi-related emails from the State Department. Judicial Watch had sought “Any and all records concerning, regarding, or related to notes, updates, or reports created in response to the September 11, 2012 attack on the U.S, Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. This request includes but is not limited to, notes, taken by then Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton or employees of the Office of the Secretary of State during the attack and its immediate aftermath.” The focus is accordingly on the Office of the Secretary of State.
Judicial Watch has posted its own account of the email messages turned over by the State Department. It has also posted the State Department’s response to the FOIA request here. Judicial Watch observes: “The documents make no reference to a spontaneous demonstration or Internet video, except in an official statement issued by Hillary Clinton.”
Andrew McCarthy also provides a tour through the email traffic in the NR/Corner post “Hillary Clinton’s top aides knew from first minutes that Benghazi was a terrorist attack, emails show.” Here is Andy’s opening paragraph:
From the very first moments of the terrorist attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi on September 11, 2012, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her top aides were advised that the compound was under a terrorist attack. In fact, less than two hours into the attack, they were told that the al-Qaeda affiliate in Libya, Ansar al-Sharia, had claimed responsibility.
There is more than one reason why Ms. Hillary has sought to stigmatize interest in the nature of the Benghazi attack as a morbid curiosity, but you’d have to be a fool to buy any of them.