King suggested that the testimony Petraeus gave today was somewhat different from that which he gave on September 13, when he last testified before Congress. “General Petraeus testimony today was that from the start, he had told us that this was a terrorist attack.”
“I had a different recollection of that,” King said, explaining that the “clear impression we were given” from early testimony “was that it arose out of a spontaneous demonstration and that it was not a terrorist attack.”
“As initial reports came in, they were still assessing the situation and they were trying to get the details right and the initial assessments that they gave were based on the best information that they had at the time,” said Langevin, asked about the disparities. “And as more intelligence came in from various sources, it allowed for greater clarity and more full understanding of actually what happened in Benghazi.”
“His initial assessments were that there were various elements that were involved in this — and I’m not going to get into the specifics of what groups he assessed — but there were numerous, numerous elements, numerous factions that could be involved in this attack,” Langevin said.