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Clinton advises against "cherry-picking" over Benghazi attack


09:04, October 25, 2012

WASHINGTON, Oct. 24 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday advised against "cherry-picking" shreds of information in approaching a "complex" issue like the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi of Libya, a focus now of the heated presidential election campaign.

The top U.S. envoy was responding to a newly-leaked email that was reportedly sent from the State Department to notify the White House two hours after the attack on September 11 that a militant group was claiming responsibility.

"The independent Accountability Review Board is already hard at work looking at everything -- not cherry-picking one story here or one document there -- but looking at everything, which I highly recommend as the appropriate approach to something as complex as an attack like this," she told reporters after meeting with her Brazilian counterpart Antonio Patriota at the State Department.

The Obama administration initially called the assault, in which four Americans were killed including the ambassador, a spontaneous rather than a planned attack ensuing from protests over a film that denigrated the Prophet Mohammed, but it later called the assault a "terrorist act."

Mitt Romney, Obama's Republican challenger in the November 6 election, and his team have taken advantage of the evolving viewpoints to attack the administration's policy for the region, making it a hot-button issue in a dead heat jousting.

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