(USA Today) Emails released by the White House that describe how the CIA’s assessment of the Benghazi attack was edited to exclude any mention of terrorism appear to be part of a routine process by Washington bureaucrats, says a former CIA agent who used to take part in such processes.

“There’s no conspiracy here that I can see,” said Reuel Marc Gerecht, now an analyst at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies. “It’s just how the U.S. government works.”

But Republicans say the editing process wound up misleading Americans when the final version of the CIA assessment made no mention that the attack was a pre-planned assault by al-Qaeda-linked terrorists.

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