Petraeus: References to militant groups removed from CIA's first report on Libya attack

Kimberly Dozier, The Associated Press

WASHINGTON - Former CIA Director David Petraeus has told Congress that references to militant groups Ansar al-Shariah and al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb were removed from the agency's draft talking points on what caused the deadly Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya.

A congressional staffer says Petraeus testified in a closed-door hearing Friday that he wasn't sure which agency replaced the groups' names with the word "extremist" in the final draft.

But Petraeus said he allowed other agencies to alter the talking points without asking for final review, to get them out quickly.

The staffer wasn't authorized to discuss the hearing publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.