Burnt vehicle after attack at US Consulate that killed US Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens, Benghazi, Libya/AP
A prominent campaign surrogate for President Obama said today the
White House did not try to cover up details about the attack on the
U.S. consulate in Libya.
"Absolutely no one intentionally or
unintentionally misled anybody involved in this," said former White
House press secretary Robert Gibbs, speaking on Fox News Sunday.
administration officials initially attributed the Sept. 11 attack in
Libya -- including the deaths of ambassador Chris Stevens and three
other Americans -- to the protest of an anti-Islam film that got out of
Now they describe the incident as a terrorist attack,
amid evidence of a pre-planned operation in connection with the 9/11
The changed view is based on newly revealed evidence,
Gibbs said, noting that "we're learned more and we're going to continue
to learn more."
Gibbs said that "nobody wants to get to the
bottom of this" more than Obama, citing the need to "protect our
missions and our consulates throughout the world, and remain engaged."