Via Yahoo! News:
President Barack Obama on Friday forcefully denied deliberately misleading Americans about the deadly attack on the U.S. Consulate in the Libyan city of Benghazi, telling radio host Michael Smerconish, “I’ve always been straight with the American people.”
Speaking to Smerconish during a 15-minute Oval Office interview, Obama also declared he was “absolutely” prepared to kill those behind the assault but would prefer to capture them and “bring them to justice.”
Asked whether the administration’s shifting explanation for the September 11 strike reflected the intelligence he was receiving, Obama replied: “What’s true is that the intelligence was coming in and evolving as more information came up. […]
Asked whether he knew Americans in Libya had asked for more security, Obama replied: “I was not personally aware of any request. Obviously we have an infrastructure that’s set up to manage requests like that,” in reference to the State Department.
“But we’re going to find out exactly what happened,” he said. “Ultimately, though, any time there is a death of an American overseas, I want to find out what happened, because my most important job as president is keeping the American people safe.”
“And we will get to the bottom of what happened, and we’re going to make sure most importantly that those who carried it out, that they are captured,” Obama said.
He also said he takes “full responsibility” for the circumstances in the attack, in which Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed. The suspects have not been publicly or conclusively identified, though Egyptian officials say a man suspected to have been involved was killed on Wednesday in a shootout in the capital, Cairo.
“My biggest priority right now is bringing those folks to justice. And I think the American people have seen that’s a commitment I always keep,” the president said, an apparent reference to the bin Laden raid.