The new revelations come in the form of an email sent by the State Department Operations Center to the White House, the Pentagon, the FBI and unspecified elements of the intelligence community. The email was sent at 6:07 p.m. EDT, which was 12:07 a.m. Benghazi time. The attack in Benghazi had started just over two hours earlier, at 3:50 p.m. Washington time.
Reuters reports that the email message was headlined "Update 2: Ansar al-Sharia Claims Responsibility for Benghazi Attack." It read, in part: "Embassy Tripoli reports the group claimed responsibility on Facebook and Twitter and has called for an attack on Embassy Tripoli." One of the recipients listed on the email was the White House Situation Room.
A document produced by the State Department's Bureau of Diplomatic Security on Sep. 12th, based on public media reports, mentions Ansar al-Sharia but says, "There has been no substantiated claim of responsibility for the attacks, though media reports suggest members of Ansar al-Sharia participated in the attack." The document goes on to say that Ansar al-Sharia has an affiliation with al Qaeda.
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Reuters: White House told of militant claim two hours after Libya attack: emails
CBS News: Emails detail unfolding Benghazi attack on Sept. 11
CNS News: State Dept. Email to White House at 6:07 PM on 9/11/12: 'Ansar al-Sharia Claims Responsibility for Benghazi Attack'
PJ Media: White House Was Told Benghazi was a Terrorist Attack Two Hours Into the Battle