CBS News has obtained State Department email sent as the Benghazi attack unfolded containing timely and accurate descriptions of the attack.

The State Department Operations Center alerted the White House Situation Room, the office of the Director of National Intelligence, and the FBI of the attack  on September 11 at 4:05 p.m. Eastern time:

“US Diplomatic Mission in Benghazi Under Attack” — “approximately 20 armed people fired shots; explosions have been heard as well. Ambassador Stevens, who is currently in Benghazi, and four COM (Chief of Mission/embassy) personnel are in the compound safe haven.”

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