Aww, the intel guys are trying to ruin all the GOP's fun! Whatever will John McCain and his trusty sidekick Little Lindsey Graham do without their talking points to deflect from important stuff... like becoming irrelevant and losing elections and global crises and stuff?
CNN -- The intelligence community - not the White House, State Department or Justice Department - was responsible for the substantive changes made to the talking points distributed for government officials who spoke publicly about the attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, the spokesman for the director of national intelligence said Monday.
Now he's gone and ruined 97 House Republicans' fun, too! So who will John McCain block now?
Spokesman for the director of national intelligence, Shawn Turner:
"The intelligence community made substantive, analytical changes before the talking points were sent to government agency partners for their feedback," Turner said, referring to the White House, Justice Department, State Department, Pentagon and FBI. "There were no substantive changes made to the talking points after they left the intelligence community."
Something must be done to rectify this, stat! How in the Sam Hill are Republicans supposed to create an effective scandal? Intel community, how could you?
A senior intelligence official familiar with the drafting of the talking points said the change was made for legitimate intelligence and legal reasons, not for political purposes:
"First, the information about individuals linked to al Qaeda was derived from classified sources," the official said. "Second, when links were so tenuous - as they still are - it makes sense to be cautious before pointing fingers so you don't set off a chain of circular and self-reinforcing assumptions. Third, it is important to be careful not to prejudice a criminal investigation in its early stages."
*Heavy sigh.* Oookayyyyyy.
UPDATE: McCain Backs Away From Benghazi Conspiracies... sort of.