White House Threatened YouTube Over Bogus Benghazi 'Video'

Katie Pavlich

5/23/2014 11:15:00 AM - Katie Pavlich

When the 9/11 attack in Benghazi occurred, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was told by 2 a.m. on the day of the incident that it was in fact a terror attack according to testimony from then deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Libya Greg Hicks. Earlier this month, we learned White House National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes played a major role in coordinating false talking points that shifted focus away from failed Obama administration policy to a bogus YouTube video.

Now, Chairman of the House Oversight Committee Darrell Issa is revealing parts of new classified emails showing the White House specifically called YouTube to warn them of the consequences for posting the anti-Islam video. The emails contradict White House claims the YouTube video argument came from the intelligence community.

Republican Rep. Darrell Issa claimed that an email he’s reviewed shows the White House decided to reach out to YouTube within hours of the Benghazi terror attack, to warn the website about the consequences of posting an anti-Islam video.

The email would suggest the White House was connecting the attack to the video almost from the outset -- though their initial claim that the attack sprung out of protests over the film would later be proven false.

According to Issa, who discussed excerpts from the otherwise classified emails on Wednesday, the email was sent at 9:11 p.m. ET on Sept. 11 to the Diplomatic Security Command Center.

According to Issa, the email said: “White House is reaching out to UTube to advise ramifications of the posting of the Pastor Jon Video.”

Issa said this email is “troubling” because it “contradicts” White House claims that the faulty storyline on the video was drawn from the intelligence community’s talking points.

Putting White House lies and distractions aside for a second, it's important to point out the abuse of power to silence free speech in this situation. Not only did the filmmaker find himself in jail over the video (as everyone in the State Department and White House have been able to get by with zero accountability), but the White House went out of its way to threaten and intimidate a private video company for posting something that had little or nothing to do with the attack in the first place. This latest revelation is chilling, but just another anti-free speech move on a long list under Barack Obama's leadership.