The Straits Times
Published on Oct 27, 2012

US senators demand White House release Libya surveillance video


WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican senators are demanding that the Obama administration make public the surveillance video taken during last month's deadly attack on the United States Consulate in Libya, which killed the US ambassador and three other Americans.

Senators John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Kelly Ayotte wrote to President Barack Obama's defence secretary, CIA director and attorney general demanding that the video be declassified.

In the run-up to the US presidential election, Republicans have accused the Obama administration of distorting the account of the attack on Sept. 11 that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.

Officials first blamed it on a mob set into motion by an anti-Islamic film. Obama administration officials have pointed to US intelligence reports that showed conflicting information.