Petraeus Testifies It Was al Qaeda Terrorism

11:56 AM, Nov 16, 2012   |    comments
David H. Petraeus at his confirmation hearing to be CIA Director in June 2011. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Former CIA Director David Petraeus testified on Capitol Hill on Friday that the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, was an act of terrorism committed by al Qaeda-linked militants.

That's according to U.S. Rep. Peter King of New York, who spoke to reporters after the closed hearing, which lasted an hour and 20 minutes.

The account Petraeus gave was different from the description the Obama adminstration gave on September 14, King said.

Then, the attack was described as "spontaneous," the result of a protest against an anti-Muslim film that got out of control outside the compound.

King said that the "spontaneous" adjective was "minimized" during Petraeus' testimony Friday.

The cause of that discrepancy is unclear, King said.

Petraeus did not address the reason why he resigned from the CIA a week ago -- the exposure of an extramarital relationship with his biographer, Paula Broadwell. 


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