White House says did not heavily edit talking points on Benghazi

Reuters Middle East

ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE, Nov 17 (Reuters) - The White House did

not heavily alter talking points about the attacks on a U.S.

diplomatic mission in Libya, an official said on Saturday.

"If there were adjustments made to them within the

intelligence community, that's common, and that's something they

would have done themselves," Ben Rhodes, deputy national

security adviser, told reporters. "The only edit ... made by the

White House was the factual edit as to how to refer to the

facility."

After a closed-door hearing with former CIA Director David

Petraeus on Friday, Republican Representative Peter King said

that unclassified talking points prepared by the CIA for use by

lawmakers about the Sept. 11 attack where the U.S. ambassador to

Libya was killed originally pointed specifically to al Qaeda

involvement. King said they were edited before being cleared for

use.

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