Embassy Attacks

Spy Chief Defends Shifting Story of Benghazi Attack

Says truth only became clear in the aftermath (presumably after they found out about the ambassador's journal).


The office of the nation's spy chief issued a statement Friday defending the Obama administration's accounts of the siege of U.S. missions in Libya, saying it only became clear in the aftermath that it was "a deliberate and organized terrorist attack."

The statement appeared aimed at quieting criticism, mostly from Republicans, of the administration's shifting characterizations of a Sept. 11 assault that killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans. Officials initially described the attack as spontaneous but in recent days have said it was an act of terrorism with links to al-Qaeda.