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GOP demand e-mails related to alleged 'cover-up'

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Updated: 5/10/2013 3:21 pm
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Eight months after the attacks in Benghazi, Libya the Obama administration is again denying any cover-up.

To Republicans, newly released administration e-mails read like smoking guns.

Talking points in the e-mails were revised several times by high ranking officials at the C.I.A., State Department and the White House, with references to Al Qaeda and other extremist groups removed, leaving only references to earlier demonstrations against an anti-Islamic movie.

Administration officials say they were still looking for definitive proof the attacks were planned and carried out by a specific group.

"We did not, and the intelligence community did not, and others in the administration did not jump to conclusions about who was responsible before we had an investigation," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney explained.

The Number-Two U.S. diplomat in Libya, Gregory Hicks, testified Wednesday he told then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during the attacks they were terrorism, but Clinton stuck to the talking points for several days, blaming the video.

Republicans charge the Clinton's motive was to avoid damaging President Obama's re-election effort and her own future prospects for the presidency.

-- Steve Handelsman, NBC News reports

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