A Sept. 12, 2012, cable from the Defense Intelligence Agency reveals that the Obama administration was informed within one day of the terrorist attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, that it was not the result of a spontaneous protest, the conservative government watchdog group Judicial Watch reported Thursday.
The cable was obtained through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit by Judicial Watch.
“The attack was an organized operation with specific information that the US Ambassador was present," the DIA cable said.
The DIA cable was sent the day after the attack that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, to the Department of State Command Center. It said the attack was “an organized operation” carried out by a “Salafi terrorism group” in retaliation for the killing of al Qaeda’s second in command Abu Yahya al-Libi, a Libyan national.
The DIA cable was emailed to numerous State Department recipients by the DSCC at the request of the National Counter Terrorism Center, according to Judicial Watch.
After the assault, President Barack Obama, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and then-United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice all stated publicly that the attack resulted from a protest that go out of hand in response to an anti-Muslim YouTube video.