Judicial Watch files suit for original Benghazi ‘talking points’ memo

Hillary Clinton on the Hill
Photo Credit: Western Center for Journalism

Government watchdog group Judicial Watch filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the Office of the Director of National Intelligence for the original talking points memo issued about the terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi.

Judicial Watch announced Wednesday in a press release on its website that it filed the lawsuit because it never received a response from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence on its Oct. 19, 2012 FOIA request.

“Specifically, Judicial Watch seeks a controversial ‘speaking points’ memo indicating that intelligence officials believed from the outset that terrorists were behind the attack despite public statements to the contrary issued by Obama administration officials, including UN Ambassador Susan Rice and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton,” Judicial Watch said.

According to the statement, the Oct. 19 request asked the DNI to provide:

Any and all memoranda, assessments, analyses, and/or talking points regarding the September 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya and/or the killing of U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens produced by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence between September 11, 2012 and September 20, 2012. This request includes, but is not limited to, the “speaking points” memorandum referred to by Senator Dianne Feinstein during a televised interview on October 17, 2012, (see http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2012/10/17/ feinstein-intelligence-flaw-lax-security-to-blame-for-libyan-terror-attack/).

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence was “required by law” to respond to the request by Nov. 26, 2012, but never did.

In the days and weeks that followed the attack in Benghazi, the Obama administration falsely blamed an anti-Muslim video for the violence rather than terrorism.

Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton was quoted in the press release saying:

With all of the Benghazi lies coming out of the Obama administration, the only way to get at the truth is to release these records immediately. From the beginning, the Obama White House has been more concerned with self-protection than to disclosing the truth about Benghazi. The Obama administration’s lawless Benghazi cover-up is a disgrace and an insult to the victims of the attacks and their families.  The Obama Benghazi scandal makes Iran-Contra seem like patty-cake by comparison.

Read the press release from Judicial Watch here.


Video: Sen. Graham continues to demand answers from Obama on Benghazi

Frustrated McCain to Gregory: ‘Do you care whether four Americans died?’

Judicial Watch exposes ‘out-of-control political correctness’ at USDA


Please help us! If you are fed up with letting radical big tech execs, phony fact-checkers, tyrannical liberals and a lying mainstream media have unprecedented power over your news please consider making a donation to BPR to help us fight them. Now is the time. Truth has never been more critical!

Success! Thank you for donating. Please share BPR content to help combat the lies.
Janeen Capizola


We have no tolerance for comments containing violence, racism, profanity, vulgarity, doxing, or discourteous behavior. If a comment is spam, instead of replying to it please click the ∨ icon below and to the right of that comment. Thank you for partnering with us to maintain fruitful conversation.

PLEASE JOIN OUR NEW COMMENT SYSTEM! We love hearing from our readers and invite you to join us for feedback and great conversation. If you've commented with us before, we'll need you to re-input your email address for this. The public will not see it and we do not share it.

Latest Articles