A top aide to Hillary Clinton tried to assure the then-Secretary of State that she had not overplayed her hand in blaming a terrorist attack at the American diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya as being the fault of a video posted to YouTube.
In a newly released batch of emails, it has been revealed that Jake Sullivan, Clinton's one-time Deputy Chief of Staff and her current foreign policy advisor on her campaign, emailed his boss to tell her everything she had said about the attacks and the video was just fine:
"You never said spontaneous or characterized the motives. In fact you were careful in your first statement to say we were assessing motive and method. The way you treated the video in the Libya context was to say that some sought to *justify* the attack on that basis," Sullivan wrote.
While Clinton did use the phrase, "Some have sought to justify..." in her initial statement and variations over subsequent days, those instances were always followed by a denunciation of anyone that would denigrate a religion:
"Some have sought to justify this vicious behavior as a response to inflammatory material posted on the Internet. The United States deplores any intentional effort to denigrate the religious beliefs of others. Our commitment to religious tolerance goes back to the very beginning of our nation," Clinton said in a statement late on September 11, 2012.
Clinton and several Obama administration officials blamed the Benghazi attacks that left four Americans including Ambassador Chris Stevens dead on a YouTube video that was critical of Islam. That claim was made despite it being known as the attack was happening that the perpetrators were tied to an al Qaida-linked group.
In a previous release of Clinton's emails it was revealed that she told her daughter Chelsea that the attack was terror-related on September 11.