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White House told of Libyan attack claim on Sept 11

Last Updated: Wednesday, October 24, 2012 - 22:49

Washington: According to a government document, two hours after the US Consulate came under attack in Benghazi, Libya, the White House was told that a militant group was claiming responsibility for the violence that killed the US ambassador.

A State Department email to intelligence officials and the White House situation room said Ansar al-Sharia claimed responsibility on Facebook and Twitter, and also called for an attack on the US Embassy in Tripoli.

The document could fuel Republican efforts to show that the White House knew it was a terrorist attack while the US ambassador to the United Nations was saying it looked like a protest gone awry.

The Associated Press and other news organizations obtained the unclassified email from government officials who requested anonymity because they were not authorized to talk publicly.

First Published: Wednesday, October 24, 2012 - 22:49

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