Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton during a transfer ceremony of the remains of US Ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens and three other Americans killed in Benghazi.
Credits: REUTERS/Jason Reed
With only thirteen days to go until the US election, official emails have revealed that White House and State Department officials were advised two hours after the attack on the US diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, that an Islamic militant group had claimed credit for the attack.
On September 12th of this year, US Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens and three security personnel were killed in the violent attack in Benghazi - one day after the eleventh anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks on US soil.
These new developments may impact the presidential election, as the timing of the Obama Administration's acknowledgement of the attacks as an 'act of terror' has been a contentious issue.
Originally the president attributed the attacks to a US-made, low-budget film which depicted the prophet Mohammed in a negative fashion. The film sparked radical protests across the Middle East, which saw violence and burnings of American and Israeli flags.
Two weeks after it happened, the president officially confirmed that the attacks were indeed acts of terrorism perpetrated by al-Qaeda actors.
In the second of three US presidential debates, Romney called out Obama for failing to acknowledge earlier that the attack was an 'act of terror', while the president maintained that he did call it that at the time. The timeline of the president's announcements has been a point of conflict since the debate.
Questions also arose over whether or not the White House could have done more to prevent the deaths in Libya, with some saying Christopher Stevens let the White House know in advance that he was a target of al-Qaeda.
The official emails revealed today only add fuel to the fire of questions surrounding why Obama didn't act sooner to acknowledge the attacks as terrorism.
Stay with Sun News Network for updates on how this will influence outcomes in the final days of the campaign.