Rep. Heck: Reference to Benghazi Terrorism Removed in 'Editing Process'

By Susan Jones | November 16, 2012 | 11:56 AM EST

Rep. Joe Heck, R-Nev., gives a victory speech after winning re-election to the House of Representatives on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

( - Rep. Joe Heck (R-Nev.), a member of the House intelligence committee, told Fox News on Friday that "talking points" prepared by the CIA "initially did state that al-Qaeda-affiliated groups were involved" in the Benghazi attack.

But in the "editing process" -- after the talking points left the CIA -- Heck said the reference to terrorism apparently was removed.

"Well certainly the CIA and the intelligence community put together a talking points paper that, once it left the building of the CIA, went through a process of inter-agency coordination and ultimately wound up, we believe, in Ambassador Rice's hands to used as a briefing tool for her (TV) appearances.

"Now, we still don't know who briefed Ambassador Rice and exactly what talking points she used and who edited them from the time they left the intelligence community 'til the time she made her appearances on the Sunday morning talk shows, and neither Director Petraeus nor any of the witnesses we had yesterday were able to answer that question.

"The initial talking points, which were put together in an unclassified format at the request of the House intelligence committee, initially did state that al-Qaeda affiliated groups were involved. However, by the time, we understand, that went through its editing process after it left Langley, that reference was taken out."