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State Department sought to change Libya talking points

WASHINGTON — Political considerations influenced the talking points that UN Ambassador Susan Rice used five days after the deadly Sept. 11 assault in Benghazi, Libya, with State Department and other senior administration officials asking that references to terror groups and prior warnings be deleted, according to department ­e-mails.

The latest disclosures Friday raised new questions about whether the Obama administration tried to play down any terrorist factor in the attack on a diplomatic compound just weeks before the November election. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed when insurgents struck the US mission.

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