A U.S. intelligence cable warned the American Embassy in Cairo of possible violence in response to Arabic-language broadcasts of clips from an anti-Muslim film, U.S. government sources said on Monday.
The cable, dispatched from Washington on September 10, the day before protests erupted, advised the embassy the broadcasts could provoke violence. It did not direct specific measures to upgrade security, said the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
However, under standard diplomatic procedures, Egyptian government officials and security forces were notified of U.S. concerns, since host governments are responsible for ensuring the security of foreign diplomatic missions on their soil, the sources said.
Copies of the cable were not sent to other U.S. outposts in the region, including the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, where violence took the life of U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. The ties between the Benghazi violence and the crude anti-Muslim film are still unclear.
The sources said the cable, which is still classified, was sparked by the broadcast on Saturday, September 8 by al-Nas, an Egyptian satellite TV network, of what its presenters described as extracts from an English-language film denigrating the Prophet Mohammad.”
As I said here, everything we know about the Benghazi attack tells us that the video had nothing to do with it. We have a witness, a guard relate that there was no mob, nor protest, but that a coordinated attack happened all once. They seemed to know that Ambassador Stevens was there because after the attack the guard recounted that the attackers say “We got him”.
Again, the American media, besides Catherine Harris at Fox News is doing a bang up job of reporting the facts about this attack. Today the administration began to back off it’s ridiculous stance that the attack was about the video “Innocence of Muslims” and that a mob had gotten out of control. We now know that both of those are lies. The administration knows full well what happened, but simply is trying to cover it up.
But the roof is about to blow off the story any day now.
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