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MSNBC host Chris Hayes says YouTube video caused Benghazi

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Nearly two years after a jihadi assault on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, left four Americans dead, MSNBC host Chris Hayes revived a discredited talking point, suggesting that the attack was instigated by a YouTube video deemed offensive to Islam.

Hayes quoted an article in yesterday's New York Times exploring the activities of Ahmed Abu Khattala, the suspect captured by U.S. special forces yesterday, in the days and weeks before the 2012 attack. "But Mr. Abu Khattala told other Libyans in private conversations during the night of the attack that he was motivated to attack the diplomatic mission to take revenge for an insult to Islam in an American made online video," Hayes read during his program Tuesday.

"If that sounds familiar," Hayes continued "it's because it's precisely what Susan Rice and the White House said in the wake of the attack. In other words, they were exactly correct about the motivations for the attack."

The White House no longer suggests the video in questions was responsible for the assault.

Hayes also makes no mention of reports in the same article that Abu Khattala expressly declined to say whether the video warranted the attack in an interview just days after the attack. "From a religious point of view, it is hard to say whether it is good or bad," he said.

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