Former CIA director Leon Panetta said Tuesday that he knew from the "very beginning" that Benghazi was a "terrorist attack on our compound."
Speaking with MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell about his new book, Panetta was reacting to a question about why immediately following the assault he didn't think attribute it to a spontaneous demonstration like General David Petraeus.
[sharequote align="center"]"From the very beginning I sensed that this (Benghazi) was an attack, a terrorist attack on our compound."[/sharequote]
"I didn't have any specific information, but the fact was that when you bring grenade launchers to a demonstration, there's something else is going on," he said. "From the very beginning I sensed that this was an attack, a terrorist attack on our compound."
"I remember saying to him look, based on the weapons that I see and the nature of the attack, I think this was a terrorist attack," Panetta continued. "He said, 'Look, the information we are getting from intelligence sources is that it really was a demonstration.' I said. 'You know, David, I don't see it that way. I think we are dealing with what in effect, with a group of terrorists who took advantage of the situation in order to go after our people.'"
(H/T: Real Clear Politics)
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