An interview by Steve Kroft of 60 Minutes with President Obama indicates he knew the assault was a premeditated terror attack. CBS chose not to broadcast the clip for over a month, instead airing a portion of the clip that contained Obama’s attack on Romney that same night. However, the clip and quote were available online. The clip came to widespread attention on October 25 (see below for reaction) and more details were released on November 5.
Obama told Kroft that the attack in Benghazi was different from the violent protest at the U.S. embassy in Cairo:
“You’re right that this is not a situation that was exactly the same as what happened in Egypt, and my suspicion is, is that there are folks involved in this who were looking to target Americans from the start.”[1. CBS News – Obama suspects Libya attack targeted Americans http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7421538n]