Ex-CIA official says Republicans politicized 2012 Benghazi attack

In this Sept. 14, 2012 file photo shows Libyan military guards check one of the U.S. consulate's burned buildings in Benghazi, after a deadly attack on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012, that killed four Americans. (AP Photo/Mohammad Hannon, File)

A former CIA deputy director writes in a new book that Republicans have repeatedly distorted the agency's analysis of the Benghazi attack in 2012. Michael Morell says the events were distorted about the attack that killed the American ambassador to Libya.

That's according to The New York Times. Morell dismissed the notion that CIA officers and the military "were ordered to stand down" and not come to the aid of their comrades in Benghazi, Libya. And he says in the book there's no evidence the Central Intelligence Agency conspired with the White House to spin the Benghazi story to protect then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

But he also wrote that the White House embellished some of the talking points provided by the CIA about the Benghazi attack.
 

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