Reports broke Wednesday regarding when the White House was first informed that the attack on a U.S. consulate in Benghazi was carried out by Islamist militants, with the Yemen-based Ansar al-Sharia taking credit. Shortly after the September 11 attack, the organization was designated an "al Qaeda alias" by the United States State Department and the United Nations. The Obama administration has tried to downplay the significance of the State Department emails only hours after the attack notifying the White House that Ansar al Sharia had claimed responsibility, with White House Press Secretary Jay Carney telling reporters Wednesday that the open-source unclassified emails should not "be taken as fact."
The Obama administration says the investigation is ongoing for what happened in Benghazi now six weeks ago, and a gunman linked to the attacked was killed Wednesday in Cairo shootout with police. Another suspect was arrested in Tunisia on Oct. 11 and has been charged and now in the custody of the Tunis.
On 'Real News' Thursday the panel discussed what we know now about Ansar al Sharia, these suspects, and the attack. Watch a clip below