The White House, on the defensive for newly released emails showing senior officials attributing the Sept. 11 Benghazi attacks to an anti-Islam video, Wednesday said the documents in question were “not about Benghazi.”

“It was explicitly not about Benghazi,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said. “It was about the overall situation in the region, the Muslim world, where you saw protests across embassy facilities across the region.”

Emails obtained by the conservative watchdog Judicial Watch showed that top White House officials were involved in framing the narrative that an anti-Islam video was the root cause of the attack that killed four Americans, including U.S. ambassador Christopher Stevens.

In the emails, White House communications official Ben Rhodes lays out the goals for the now-infamous Sunday show appearance by then-U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice in the wake of the terrorist strike.

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