US Benghazi talking points 'edited'


Barack Obama's administration is being accused of underplaying the role of terrorism in the fatal attack on the US Consulate in the Libyan city of Benghazi last September.

In statements made after the attack, the US ambassador to the UN, Susan Rice, said anger over an anti-Islamic video was to blame.

According to ABC News, as the dust settled in Libya the state department offered input on the talking points memo to be distributed to Congress and to Ms Rice.

The state department wanted to remove a reference to earlier CIA warnings about terror threats in Benghazi and excise the mention of Ansar al-Sharia, a group linked to al-Qaeda, ABC News reported.

Tim Neilson reports.

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