In an interview with Margaret Brennan on CBS, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton refused to say where U.N. ambassador Susan Rice got her talking points in response to the attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya.
Rice was criticized for insisting on CBS’ Face the Nation five days after the attack that it was sparked “spontaneously” during a protest over a YouTube video. That same day Libyan President Mohamed Yousef El-Magariaf insisted on Face the Nation that the attack was conducted “preplanned” and “predetermined,” by “foreigners.”
“Who briefed Ambassador Rice that day? Did you sign off on that briefing and those speaking points?” asked Brennan.
“You would have to ask her,” Clinton replied, admitting that she did not speak to Rice before her media appearances.
“Everybody had the same information,” Clinton insisted. “I mean, I’m – I have to say I know there’s been a lot of attention paid to who said what when, but I think what happened is more important. We were attacked, and four brave Americans were killed.”
“I think it’s part of what the fog of war causes,” Clinton added.