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Libya / Consulate Attack / Premeditated vs. Spontaneous / A Discussion #1030788

CNN Evening News for Monday, Sep 17, 2012
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(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Breaking news indicating the extremist threat in Libya was known before the attack on the Benghazi consulate that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens introduced. [US Ambassador to U.N. Susan RICE - says this began as a spontaneous response to the protests in Cairo.] [Senator John McCAIN - says facts indicate it could not be spontaneous.] [State Department spokeswoman Victoria NULAND†- comments on Rice's comments.]

(Studio: Anderson Cooper; Benghazi: Arwa Damon) The attack on a second location in the area, witness accounts of what happened indicating a planned second compound attack, Libyan reports the US was warned about the extremist threat, the limits to the security at the US compound discussed.

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live discussion held with CNN's Fran Townsend and former CIA agent Bob Baer about Libya. [BAER - notes it is clear there was a running threat to the compound, which was undersecured; indicates Stevens needed western security: there is no excuse for not having it.] [TOWNSEND - comments on the extremist presence east of Libya; notes Stevens had no visible security presence in Tripoli; states we need to know about the security arrangements.]

Cooper, Anderson;
Damon, Arwa

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