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State Department refuses to identify ‘leadership’ who demanded edits of Benghazi talking points

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State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell refused to identify the member of State Department “leadership” who demanded that information about the role of terrorists in the Benghazi attack be edited from the official talking points.

“I can’t speak to every word that’s been cherry-picked from this email,” Ventrell said Friday.

“The email” in question was written by State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland, as ABC reported, who feared that the  CIA information about terrorists “could be abused by members [of Congress] to beat up the State Department for not paying attention to warnings, so why would we want to feed that either?”

When the FBI recommended only minor changes, Nuland replied that “These changes don’t resolve all of my issues or those of my building's leadership.”

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