The anti-American protests began last week, but their origin is disputed. U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice said yesterday that the “best information we have today” indicates the attack on the Benghazi consulate that killed U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans was spontaneous and not pre-planned. White House and State Department officials have repeated this claim and blame the attacks entirely on a YouTube video reportedly made by a group of Americans mocking the Prophet Mohammed. Obama officials have also refused to call the attack an act of terrorism. However, there is growing evidence that the controversial video was probably used by radical Islamists to instigate protests that they could exploit to stage the attack on the Benghazi consulate.
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