Why is she a controversial choice? On September 11, 2012, the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, was attacked, leaving four Americans dead, including U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens. A few days later, Rice made the talk-show rounds, providing faulty information from the intelligence community. Critics say Rice's initial account of the events was part of a political ploy to downplay the attack and, therefore, help President Obama during the election. Rice's first explanation purported that a group of protesters were rallying against a U.S.-produced anti-Muslim video, which then escalated into the attack against the diplomatic post. However, a timeline of the Department of Defense's actions (a document given to reporters last week by an unnamed senior defense official) suggested that the U.S. government at least suspected the attack was an act of terrorism and not a protest gone wrong, as Rice had said. The U.N. ambassador, however, says she was given incorrect information by the intelligence community and that she by no means attempted to mislead the public.