Biden: 'We Did Not Know They Wanted More Security'
10:14 PM, Oct 11, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
In regards to security at the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya, Vice President Joe Biden says "we did not know they wanted more security":
VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN: “Because that’s exactly what we were told by the intelligence community – the intelligence community told us that as they learned more facts about exactly what happened, they changed their assessment. That is why there’s also an investigation headed by Tom Pickering, a leading diplomat from the Reagan years, who is doing an investigation as to whether or not there were any lapses, what the lapses were so that they will never happen again.”
ABC’s MARTHA RADDATZ: “And they wanted more security there.”
BIDEN: “Well we weren’t told they wanted more security there. We did not know they wanted more security there. And by the way, at the time, we were told exactly, we said what the intelligence community told us that they knew. That was the assessment. And as the intelligence community changed their view we made it clear they changed their view. That’s why I said we will get to the bottom of this. You know, usually when there is a crisis, we pull together, we pull together as a nation. But as I said, even before we knew what happened to the ambassador, the governor was holding a press conference, was holding a press conference. That’s not presidential leadership.”