At 10:32 p.m. on Sept. 11, 2012, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton issued the following statement:
Some have sought to justify this vicious behavior as a response to inflammatory material posted on the Internet. The United States deplores any intentional effort to denigrate the religious beliefs of others. Our commitment to religious tolerance goes back to the very beginning of our nation. But let me be clear: There is never any justification for violent acts of this kind.
At 11:12 p.m., Clinton sent an email to daughter Chelsea’s pseudonymous email account “Dianne Reynolds” that said: “Two of our officers were killed in Benghazi by an al Qaeda-like group: The Ambassador, whom I handpicked and a young communications officer on temporary duty w a wife and two young children. Very hard day and I fear more of the same tomorrow.”
Some time on Sept. 12 Clinton gave a speech at the State Department saying:
Some have sought to justify this vicious behavior, along with the protest that took place at our Embassy in Cairo yesterday, as a response to inflammatory material posted on the Internet. America’s commitment to religious tolerance goes back to the very beginning of our nation. But let me be clear — there is no justification for this, none.
At 3:04 p.m. on Sept. 12, Clinton called then-Egyptian Prime Minister Hisham Qandil and said, “We know the attack in Libya had nothing to do with the film. It was a planned attack — not a protest.”
Susan Rice went on TV and blamed the video. Obama blamed the video at the UN. Hillary told family members the person responsible for the video would the brought to justice.