Following a classified briefing with former CIA Director David Petraeus Friday morning, Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) told reporters it was clear to her that U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice was being unfairly pilloried for her appearance on a gaggle of Sunday news shows, in which Rice linked the attacks to a spontaneous demonstration against an anti-Muslim video.

The attacks, which resulted in the deaths of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans, have now been linked conclusively to the terrorist organization Al Qaeda or its affiliates, members of Congress said Friday after the briefing.

In discussing the attacks in their immediate aftermath, Rice had stuck to unclassified talking points that had first been vetted and approved by the CIA and a cross-section of the intelligence community, Feinstein said.