This is a secondhand quote from Representative Peter King who spoke to Stars & Stripes while David Petraeus was testifying to the House Intelligence Committee behind closed doors, so there is a partisan tinge to it, but regardless;
Lawmakers say Petraeus told them that CIA talking points written after the attack in Benghazi that killed four Americans referred to it as a terrorist attack. But Petraeus says that reference was removed by other federal agencies that made changes to the CIA’s draft.
Fox News quotes King, too;
…Petraeus testified in a closed-door hearing Friday morning that his agency determined immediately after the Sept. 11 Libya attack that “Al Qaeda involvement” was suspected — but the line was taken out in the final version circulated to administration officials, according to a top lawmaker who was briefed.
“No one knows yet exactly who came up with the final version of the talking points,” [King] said.
So, tell me this; what good is a CIA intelligence report if other agencies are allowed to alter it? It makes no sense. If I send a sitrep to my commander and he alters it before he sends it higher to fit what he wants the report to say even though he doesn’t have eyes on the target, is it even a sitrep anymore?
“Director Petraeus went to Tripoli and interviewed many of the people involved,” said the head of the Senate committee, California Democrat Dianne Feinstein.
Added Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif.: “”I’d like to get his sense of why it took as long as it did to get more accurate assessments of what took place in Benghazi.”
While the people who sat in front of cameras back here in the states were being spoon fed third or fourth hand information to spoon feed Americans the party line. Not that any of that information would have disrupted the season of giving before the election, I’m just sayin’ that it would be nice to know the facts from folks on the scene, seein’s how we were supposed to making decisions of our own here about who is leading the country.