See report from my FNC colleague Chad Pergram:
Urgent: Fox Exclusive: State Department mails declare al Qaeda-linked group claimed responsibility for Benghazi attack
Per Pergram-Capitol Hill
Fox has obtained a set of internal emails which declare that the group Ansar al Sharia claimed responsibility of the attack in Benghazi virtually as the raid played out on September 11th.
Ansar al Sharia has been declared by the State Department to be a an al Qaeda affiliated group. The emails were sent by the State Department to across a variety of redacted national security platforms including the White House Situation room, the Pentagon, the FBI, the Director of National Intelligence and the State Department. Fox is told that approximately 300-400 national security figures received these emails in real time almost as the raid was playing out and concluding. Fox is told that figures directly receiving these emails work directly underneath the nation’s top national security, military and diplomatic officials.
The first email indicates that Ambassador Chris Stevens and other personnel were “in the compound safe haven.”
The timestamps on the emails are all eastern time and often include the subheading SBU…which is shorthand for “Sensitive But Unclassified.”
The redacted email address @nss.eop.gov is the White House Situation address. The email address extension @dni.gov is the an extension that goes to figures working under the Director of National Intelligence.
The first email was sent at 4:05 pm et with the subject line “U.S. Diplomatic Mission in Benghazi Under Attack (SBU).”
It goes on to say “The Regional Security Officer reports the diplomatic mission is under attack. Embassy Tripoli reports approximately 20 armed people fired shots; explosions have been heard as well. Ambassador Stevens, who is currently in Benghazi, and four COM personnel are in the compound safe haven. The 17th of February militia is providing security support.
The operations Center will provide updates as available.”
The second email came at 4:54 pm.
The subject line is “Update 1: U.S. Diplomatic Mission in Benghazi (SBU)
“(SBU) Embassy Tripoli reports the firing at the U.S. Diplomatic Mission in Benghazi has stopped and the compound has been cleared. A response team is on site attempting to locate COM personnel.”
The third email came at 6:07 pm and was sent to a different email list, but still includes the White House Situation room address.
This email contains the key subject line that reads “Update 2: Ansar al-Sharia Claims Responsibility for Benghazi Attack (SBU).”
This is the link to the al Qaeda-affiliated organization.
The email is described as “Yellow Category.”
Here is the rest of the email:
“(SBU) Embassy Tripoli reports the group claimed responsibility on Facebook and Twitter and has called for an attack on Embassy Tripoli.”
The bodies of the emails are pasted in the field below. We must print and rescan to use on-air, online, et al. Due to a variety of reasons, the emails below are out of order. Please refer to them based on the time stamp for the correct order of events.