THE NEWS reported by Reuters late Tuesday is the first revealing that official emails were sent during the Benghazi terrorist attack, warning the Obama administration that all hell was breaking loose in Libya.

The emails, obtained by Reuters from government sources not connected with U.S. spy agencies or the State Department and who requested anonymity, specifically mention that the Libyan group called Ansar al-Sharia had asserted responsibility for the attacks.

The brief emails also show how U.S. diplomats described the attack, even as it was still under way, to Washington. …

[...] While some information identifying recipients of this message was redacted from copies of the messages obtained by Reuters, a government source said that one of the addresses to which the message was sent was the White House Situation Room, the president’s secure command post.

Other addressees included intelligence and military units as well as one used by the FBI command center, the source said.

The details in the Reuters report are harrowing. They include that the Benghazi embassy was “under attack. Embassy in Tripoli reports approximately 20 armed people fired shots; explosions have been heard as well.”