It began with a tweet I typed out in frustration. I had been repeatedly defending Jonathan Karl on Twitter, almost to the point of trolling.
Now I’d just read a piece he’d posted (White House Benghazi Emails Show Susan Rice Got a Bad Rap). And I knew what he’d written was wrong.
It turns out that Rice’s comments did come from the now-infamous CIA talking points.
No mention of the video Rice had repeatedly pointed to as the cause of all this trouble.
So I challenged him on Twitter:
And Karl, being a real professional with considerable integrity, responded with a couple tweets of his own.
This one was a complete shock to me:
I’d seen snippets of the Benghazi Talking Points document dump, but not the whole thing.
And I realized I’d never actually seen the final talking points transcribed anywhere. So I began a search. I put out the word to every pundit and reporter I knew on Twitter. Finally, James Rosen and Karl himself both tweeted links.
Turns out the email Karl was referencing was on page 92. Actually, it was three emails, all with the subject line
SBU/CLOSEHOLD: 0800 SVTS on Movie Protests/Violence
Email 1 is completely blank under the subject line.
All that’s left of the body in Email 2 is one paragraph, and even that is redacted:
I’m going to email Jake on the libya points [redacted] references below unless either of you are linked in to this effort. Pls let me know.
The third email says simply:
Please do–I have not reached out.
Did you notice who Email 1 was addressed to?
Rice, Susan E (USUN)
I think this was the email Jonathan Karl was pointing me to.
And it’s completely blank.
Which leads me to these questions:
- What was there?
- If it was the talking points (as Karl believes), then why was it redacted?
- What if it was something else?
- What if it was instructing her to talk about the video?
- What if it was instructing her not to talk about the video?
I would love to have these answers to these questions. So far, I haven’t seen anybody else asking them.
NOTE—This all came out while I was putting together a post on Price’s Sunday morning appearances after the Benghazi attack.