This is an interesting dilemma for the Obama administration. By being forced to admit that the attack on our consulate in Benghazi was not the result of the Innocence of Muslims video, it is at odds with the Saudis, who not only continue to use that narrative but want to take things a step further. The internet censorship agenda appears to be alive and well.
Via the Telegraph:
In a submission to forthcoming international talks on internet governance, the Gulf state said “there is a crying need for international collaboration to address ‘freedom of expression’ which clearly disregards public order”.
During the controversy over a 14-minute clip posted on YouTube and purportedly a trailer for a feature film called “The Innocence of Muslims”, Google resisted pressure, including from the White House, to remove it.
“This video – which is widely available on the web – is clearly within our guidelines and so will stay on YouTube,” Google said last month.
The Saudi government has now told the World Telecommunications Policy Forum, a UN body, that the incident was “an obvious example” of the need for greater international cooperation to restrict content online.
“Any reasonable person would know that this film would foment violence and, indeed, many innocent persons have died and been injured with this film as a root cause,” the Saudi submission said.
Does that mean the Saudis are blaming the video for the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi despite overwhelming and irrefutable evidence that the video had nothing to do with it?
Paging Jay Carney and Susan Rice…
This article from Walid is suddenly a bit more relevant.