White House spokesman Jay Carney doubled down on denial Friday, insisting that the extensive closed-door revisions of the CIA’s Benghazi intelligence assessment were conducted by an intelligence official, not by administration officials.

“The CIA, in this case [a] deputy director of the CIA, took that process and issued a set of talking points on that Saturday morning, and those were disseminated,” he said in a late-afternoon press briefing at the White House.

As a White House spokesman, Carney works to smother unwelcome drama under a mass of non-confrontational responses, and to redirect the media’s attention away from the White House.

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