Department spokesperson Marie Harf said that a video in which a senior AQAP leader takes responsibility for the mass killing was deemed authentic by American intelligence agents, but said that US officials are not yet ready to fully assess what role the Yemeni group might have played.
“What does it mean, that ‘they did it’?” she said at a daily press briefing. “Was there ideological guidance? Was there money? Was there training? Those are the specific claims we’re still going through, so I’m not authenticating every substantive piece of that video.”
“We do believe the video came from AQAP,” she added. “Clearly, that has significance.”