Documents supplied by a senior CIA official support what UN Ambassador Susan Rice said in media appearances after the Benghazi attacks.
â€śTalking pointsâ€ť prepared by the CIA on Sept. 15, the same day that Rice taped three television appearances, support her description of the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate as a reaction to Arab anger about an anti-Muslim video prepared in the United States. According to the CIA account, â€śThe currently available information suggests that the demonstrations in Benghazi were spontaneously inspired by the protests at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo and evolved into a direct assault against the U.S. Consulate and subsequently its annex. There are indications that extremists participated in the violent demonstrations.â€ť
The CIA document went on: â€śThis assessment may change as additional information is collected and analyzed and as currently available information continues to be evaluated.â€ť This may sound like self-protective boilerplate, but it reflects the analystsâ€™ genuine problem interpreting fragments of intercepted conversation, video surveillance and source reports.