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Bolton: NY Times Report on Benghazi Is 'Unsophisticated and Contradictory'

The NY Times report found no connection to Al Qaeda and blamed an anti-Islamic film for the attack.

A New York Times report is casting doubt on Al Qaeda’s involvement in the September 11, 2012 attack on the United States consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

Mike Rogers Refutes NY Times Claim That Benghazi Attack Had No Al Qaeda-Link

The NY Times says the deadly assault was fueled in large part by angers at an anti-Islamic video. They report that it was carried out by several groups with different agendas. The Obama administration came under scrutiny for originally blaming the American-made video.

Four Americans were killed in the attack, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens.

House Intelligence Committee chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) told Fox News in November, "I will tell you this, by witness testimony and a year and a half of interviewing everyone that was in the ground by the way, either by an FBI investigator or the committee: It was very clear to the individuals on the ground that this was an Al Qaeda-led event. And they had pretty fairly descriptive events early on that lead those folks on the ground, doing the fighting, to the conclusion that this was a pre-planned, organized terrorist event."

Former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton slammed the bombshell report today on America’s News HQ. “This is an editorial opinion piece masquerading as journalism. I thought it was both unsophisticated and internally contradictory.”

He said, “If we’ve learned anything in the past 10 years, it’s that Al Qaeda doesn’t have a corporate organization chart. It’s a distributed network; it doesn’t leave a paper trail.”

Furthermore, Bolton said that because President Obama and then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton blamed the video, it's not surprising someone on the ground in Libya would repeat the same thing to a NY Times reporter a year after the attack.

Go to to read a full report from Fox News chief intelligence correspondent Catherine Herridge. 

Mike Rogers will be on Fox News Sunday today at 2p/ 6p ET on Fox News Channel.


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