Skip to comments.U.S. officials: CIA ran Benghazi consulate
Posted on 11/02/2012 12:25:14 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
WASHINGTON, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- The CIA was the real commanding agency at the attacked U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, not the State Department, senior U.S. intelligence officials said....
Of the more than 30 U.S. officials evacuated from Benghazi, only seven worked for the State Department, officials briefed on the intelligence told The Wall Street Journal. Nearly all the rest worked for the CIA, under diplomatic cover, which was a principal purpose of the consulate, the Journal said.
Most public criticism for consulate security lapses has so far been directed at the State Department, not the CIA. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said last month she took responsibility for what happened.
The new information does not address the Obama administration's various depictions of whether the assault was a protest that turned violent or a planned terrorist attack. But the officials reiterated early intelligence was patchy and often contradictory. They said talking points for members of Congress and senior administration officials did not at first discuss possible links between the attackers and al-Qaida because the information was classified.
"It wasn't until after the points were used in public that people reconciled contradictory information and assessed there probably wasn't a protest around the time of the attack," a senior U.S. intelligence official said in a statement.
Congressional investigators say it appears the CIA and State Department weren't on the same page about their respective security roles at the consulate, which the Journal said raised questions about whether the Benghazi security arrangement was flawed.
(Excerpt) Read more at upi.com ...
This would be laughable if there weren’t dead Americans involved.
Knowing that this was a CIA operation makes some of the comments about “lack of real-time intelligence” much more understandable. The attack might have been an organized military attack rather than “just” a terrorist strike.
If the CIA was totally responsible for the consulate, why did the ambassador have to beg the State Dept. for more security?
The cover-up is as heinous as the crime.
It is widely known that CIA operatives can pose as State Dept. staff... Nothing new in that.
This has got to be the largest collection of sycophantic dumbasses I've ever seen assembled in one place.
So they repeatedly and determinedly blamed it on an obscure YouTube video trailer??? This smells more and more with each passing day.
OK. So what? Why were all of the security briefs and requests submitted to the State Dept.?
How much more OBVIOUS does it have to be that the Obama Administration is covering something HUGE up?
How long can they keep those digging to learn the truth, running around in circles?
Harry Truman: The buck stops here.
Obama: Who, me?
I’m beginning to think that 40% of the American people and 90% of the press wouldn’t see it if 0coward, Hillbilly, Panetta and all the rest had a big red ‘G’ for guilty tattoed on their foreheads.
Only 90% of the press wouldn’t notice? I would say it is more like 98%.
The ‘CIA is at fault’ line isn’t going to fly.
fter 8 WEEKS, this is just now coming out?? There is SO DAMN MUCH that we don’t know.....and wil NEVER know because the DEMS are covering up.
Baing a dumb-ass myself it looks to me as if Obama is trying to use a de facto CIA operation as an excuse for letting these people be murdered.
If it’s the CIA and not State he thinks he can just wsh his hands on the whole deal.
Problem is lies , lies, and more lies. More incompetence from the most incompetent person to ever sit in the White House.
The only thing Obama knows how to do is protect his past, and perhaps one day even that will come out.I will say that the Media , and the Congress and even the Supreme court are just as guilty in this vetting process as Obama is.
They never asked the questions before an they still don’t.
It looks like the Benghazi “consulate” was a CIA mission, and that is why all the information concerning this attack is a huge clusterfrack.
It looks like the White House, CIA and Foggy Bottom are covering their backsides for reasons that they don’t want the public to know.
It might also explain the liberal media blackout.
Whatever they are trying to cover up, it is either to protect national security assets or their own incompetence, or both.
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.