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CIA denies Broadwell claim of “secret prison” in Benghazi annex
HotAir ^ | November 12, 2012 | Ed Morrissey

Posted on 11/12/2012 7:34:18 AM PST by rightwingintelligentsia

This seems like a pretty good reason to push the David Petraeus-Paula Broadwell affair from a boys-club peccadillo into a resignation-worthy event. According to a transcript of a speech by Broadwell at the University of Denver the week before the election, Broadwell told an audience that the reason for the September 11 attack on the Benghazi consulate was neither a YouTube video nor a celebration of the anniversary of 9/11, but a prison escape for jihadis secretly held by the CIA in its nearby annex.

Late last night, the CIA denied this report of a secret prison in its now-abandoned Benghazi facility:

The Central Intelligence Agency denied charges Sunday that its annex in Benghazi, Libya secretly held a few jihadi prisoners until it was destroyed in the Sept. 11, 2012 attack. Paula Broadwell, the girlfriend then-CIA chief Gen. David Petraeus, made that claim during an Oct. 26 speech in Denver, Colo.

“I don’t know if a lot of you have heard this, but the CIA annex had actually had taken a couple of Libyan militia members prisoner. And they think that the attack on the consulate was an effort to try to get these prisoners back,” Broadwell declared during the speech, at the University of Denver.

“That’s still being vetted,” she added.

The CIA’s denial came just hours after Arutz Sheva, an Israeli news outlet, first published a partial transcript of Broadwell’s speech. By midnight Sunday, intelligence reporters with both The Daily Beast and The Washington Post were reporting and tweeting, respectively, that the CIA said her claim was false.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: benghazi; bho44; bhocia; broadwell; ciaprisons; denial; jailbreak; libya; navyseals; petraeus; threatmatrix; threatmatrixbenghazi

1 posted on 11/12/2012 7:34:24 AM PST by rightwingintelligentsia
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

The Daily Beast and The Washington Post were reporting and tweeting, respectively, that the CIA said her claim was false.

Oh.

OK.


2 posted on 11/12/2012 7:37:37 AM PST by Paisan
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
I'd like to think the results of this last election could be reversed in the same way the democrats and media reversed the re-election of Richard Nixon (this time for good cause) with the way this scandal is shaping up.

In a just world. Oh well.

3 posted on 11/12/2012 7:39:48 AM PST by skeeter
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To: Paisan

We can’t believe the CIA’s denial until the Huffington Post weighs in.

We are living in Bizarro World.


4 posted on 11/12/2012 7:39:48 AM PST by txrefugee
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Well that would acknowledge the large force of security and heavy arms the Embassy had on hand.........oh wait, it was just an unsecured house with just a few stand your ground American patriots.


5 posted on 11/12/2012 7:40:26 AM PST by shadeaud (We need to learn to know what our enemies are truly creating)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Drip .. Drip ... Drip ....


6 posted on 11/12/2012 7:40:56 AM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

wonder if P did bedtime bragging?


7 posted on 11/12/2012 7:41:28 AM PST by dalebert
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To: Paisan

I actually believe the CIA on this claim.

Broadwell was just trying to seem like she had inside information and was still important. Plus, the story tended to help Petraeus.


8 posted on 11/12/2012 7:41:38 AM PST by ltc8k6
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Well there is still that video of an arab with his hands cuffed behind his back being led to a get a way car at the embassy. The video is floating around on the net still. Would he be one of those prisoners Broadwell was talking about?


9 posted on 11/12/2012 7:47:31 AM PST by classified
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Secret prisons?

BUSH’S FAULT!


10 posted on 11/12/2012 7:50:49 AM PST by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

“Late last night, the CIA denied this report of a secret prison in its now-abandoned Benghazi facility:”

LOL! Of course the CIA denies this. What else would we expect them to do?


11 posted on 11/12/2012 7:51:09 AM PST by MNGal
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To: MNGal

Isn’t the nature of the CIA to lie?


12 posted on 11/12/2012 7:52:54 AM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

We still are getting more muddling of the timeline and events in Benghazi.

I seem to recall from some of the earlier articles that the CIA (IIRC) had captured a couple of prisoners but the Libyan officials forced them to be turned over to the Libyans.

At the time, the reporting seemed to imply that the prisoners were taken the night of the attacks.

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There have been too many versions and denials/confirmations of various events to really know what happened. It will take a full investigation — and even then, we will probably won’t get much resolution. All we would probably get is a select group of commissioners to write up a report similar to the 911 Commission Report.


13 posted on 11/12/2012 7:54:19 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

2 prisoners does not a secret prison make. Looking at the bigger picture this brings me back to when Jennifer Griffin was asked “How solid are your sources?”
“As solid as they get.” Mmmmm......


14 posted on 11/12/2012 7:56:00 AM PST by Protect the Bill of Rights
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

MAN, is it only me who reads through these articles only to be more confused at the end? Broadwell has an affair with Petraeus, Broadwell states publicly that the Benghazi attack was actually a jailbreak, but in the background, Broadwell is sending harassing email to Jill Kelly? Circles upon circles upon circles. This crap is getting dizzying.


15 posted on 11/12/2012 7:56:57 AM PST by Eagle of Liberty (We the People are coming!!)
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To: ilovesarah2012

“Isn’t the nature of the CIA to lie?”

Most certainly. Disinformation, misinformation.......


16 posted on 11/12/2012 7:57:04 AM PST by MNGal
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To: skeeter

Only if Biden goes too. ;-)


17 posted on 11/12/2012 7:57:43 AM PST by Tunehead54 (Nothing funny here ;-)
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To: skeeter

Not exactly a reversal of the election, that would be nice. Truth is we would have Biden so little would change. If things go that far and Obama was to be impeached or resign we would still have the same issues unless Biden was deep in the muck as well. I doubt Biden was in the muck, who would trust him to keep quiet?


18 posted on 11/12/2012 7:59:08 AM PST by Tammy8 (~Secure the border and deport all illegals- do it now! ~ Support our Troops!~)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

The terrorists know what was going on in Benghazi because they took whatever sensitive documentation they wanted. It is US that pay for these gun running missions that will not get told what we are buying and selling.


19 posted on 11/12/2012 8:02:21 AM PST by Just mythoughts
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Just heard on Beck that Gen. P was in Lybia on the ground doing his own investigation.


20 posted on 11/12/2012 8:02:23 AM PST by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Great vid by ShorelineMike! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOZjJk6nbD4&feature=plcp)
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To: classified

I thought the first time I saw footage of the so called safe room at the consulate that it looked more like a prision than a safe room. Who builds safe rooms with bars that can be shot through?


21 posted on 11/12/2012 8:02:33 AM PST by dblshot (Insanity: electing the same people over and over and expecting different results.)
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To: Protect the Bill of Rights
2 prisoners does not a secret prison make.

I wonder if the Obama Administration ALLOWED these prisoners to be WATER-BOARDED!!
22 posted on 11/12/2012 8:04:56 AM PST by Eagle of Liberty (We the People are coming!!)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia; annieokie; penelopesire; maggief; Protect the Bill of Rights; thouworm; ...
She NEVER said they had a secret prison. That was some butthole reporter's take on what she said, which was nothing more than we already knew.
Furthermore, this is really starting to pi$$ me off. Why are they trying so hard to destroy this woman? Something about this whole thing is just too far out of the realm of reason. They are trying to make a sympathetic figure out of petraeus and using every derogatory adjective they can think of for Paula Broadwell, and the more they do, the worse he looks. /rant

Anyone wanting on or off this ping list, please advise.


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23 posted on 11/12/2012 8:05:46 AM PST by MestaMachine
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
No secret prison silly!

Just rumors of a movie about a secret prison in Benghazi .

24 posted on 11/12/2012 8:06:51 AM PST by TexasCajun
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To: MestaMachine

Affair or not, Broadwell is not a stupid woman. She knows the world of intel and security. That is why they want her destroyed.

BTW: I cannot believe the number of commentators who agree Petraeus needs time to get his life back together. I want to hear someone say “Too bad, so sad. Tell us what you know and then you can sink into oblivion.”


25 posted on 11/12/2012 8:14:04 AM PST by Protect the Bill of Rights
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

OK, its time for a Conspiracy theory. Get the US Ambassador alive and hold him as ransom for the release of the blind Sheik. That way Obama can release the Sheik and look good doing it. TaaaDaaah.


26 posted on 11/12/2012 8:15:32 AM PST by Bringbackthedraft (Who we elect is not as important as who they bring in with them.)
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To: MestaMachine
Why are they trying so hard to destroy this woman?

First it was about a video and they imprisoned the creator of the video. Destroying people is not something they worry about.

Now the video story has fallen apart (but that guy is still in jail) and congress is getting ready for hearings that will surely get headlines. Obama needs those headlines to be about something other than incompetence or worse. So a sordid affair between the CIA director and a "crazy" woman fits the bill nicely. Lots of headlines now about her, about her e-mails, about how nuts she is, about Petraeus lack of judgement.

And from now forward, anything she says will be viewed as the ravings of a lunatic. Anything Petraeus says will be viewed as self-serving attempts to shift blame for his own dreadful lack of judgement. That is if he ever says anything, which now looks doubtful.

That's why you destry this woman if you're Obama and his propaganda media.

27 posted on 11/12/2012 8:22:06 AM PST by pepsi_junkie (Who is John Galt?)
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To: Eagle of Liberty

BTW, WTF is a “social liason”?!! Rumor is her Kelley’s last name is Khawam, lebanese. Broadwell thought or knew that Jill Kelley and Petraeus were messing around too?


28 posted on 11/12/2012 8:25:09 AM PST by Eagle of Liberty (We the People are coming!!)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
If the CIA is denying it, that means it's true and they're scared.
29 posted on 11/12/2012 8:25:48 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the psychopath.)
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To: MestaMachine

Put me on your Benghazi ping list ASAP. I totally agree that Broadwell is another smokescreen. Petraeus resigning - smokescreen. Holder resigning - F&F smokescreen.

Very soon, the idiots that voted for a second term will need to start speaking out or nothing truthful will ever be heard for the next four years.


30 posted on 11/12/2012 8:29:50 AM PST by Eagle of Liberty (We the People are coming!!)
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To: smokingfrog

Obama’s Secret Prison # ?


31 posted on 11/12/2012 8:31:44 AM PST by molson209
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To: pepsi_junkie

This is the clinton mo. Make no mistake. THEIR strategy to cover their OWN guilt. ALWAYS


32 posted on 11/12/2012 8:38:02 AM PST by MestaMachine
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To: Eagle of Liberty
Very soon, the idiots that voted for a second term will need to start speaking out or nothing truthful will ever be heard for the next four years.

Do you seriously think those who support this regime really care?

They get stuff, and rich folks pay.

What else is there?

33 posted on 11/12/2012 8:40:51 AM PST by going hot (Happiness is a momma deuce)
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To: pepsi_junkie
Anything Petraeus says will be viewed as self-serving attempts to shift blame for his own dreadful lack of judgement. That is if he ever says anything, which now looks doubtful.

A few House members from the Party's name we cannot mention will probably even bring in the old GENERAL BETRAY-US headlines.
34 posted on 11/12/2012 8:45:45 AM PST by Eagle of Liberty (We the People are coming!!)
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To: going hot
Do you seriously think those who support this regime really care?

They better start. Our voices will soon be muted.
35 posted on 11/12/2012 8:48:33 AM PST by Eagle of Liberty (We the People are coming!!)
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To: Eagle of Liberty
Those who support this regime would not mind if republicans just shut up and die. Well, after they sign over all their stuff, for the common good.

Or maybe just work harder and send in more of the money, to pay for all the free stuff.

Those who oppose this regime are the ones who need to sit up and take notice, perhaps a more united front?

36 posted on 11/12/2012 8:54:20 AM PST by going hot (Happiness is a momma deuce)
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To: Eagle of Liberty

Real tin foil.........maybe BinLaden is a resident. Now that would be something worth the risk of brainless lies, and coverups.


37 posted on 11/12/2012 9:08:13 AM PST by Toespi
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To: going hot

Really. As long as their checks/food stamps keep coming, nobody cares.


38 posted on 11/12/2012 9:13:09 AM PST by rightwingintelligentsia (Be careful of believing something just because you want it to be true.)
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To: ltc8k6

She said the CIA prison story was still being vetted.


39 posted on 11/12/2012 9:28:34 AM PST by justa-hairyape
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To: rightwingintelligentsia; maggief
For the Timeline:

Her speech in Denver was October 26.

WaPo Headline:

House Majority Leader Cantor heard of Petraeus affair Oct. 27 from FBI source he didn’t know

I can not find a reference as to when Reichert was contacted by the "whistleblower." However Cantor is quoted in the NYTs as saying he was contacted by an FBI employee.

Biographer’s E-Mails to Woman Led F.B.I. to Petraeus

"...“I was contacted by an F.B.I. employee concerned that sensitive, classified information may have been compromised and made certain Director Mueller was aware of these serious allegations and the potential risk to our national security,” Mr. Cantor said in a statement. ...

40 posted on 11/12/2012 9:35:13 AM PST by Protect the Bill of Rights
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To: dblshot

Good point.


41 posted on 11/12/2012 9:41:51 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

What if the goal of the attackers for this raid was to grab the Ambassador and trade him for a couple of prisoners the CIA had? What do we really know about the Ambassador’s location? We know that he said goodby to the Turkish diplomat at 8:30pm. After that, we’re TOLD that he was in the safe room with the computer guy and one security guy. We have yet to hear from the security guy. The computer guy is dead. We see some photos of the Ambassador, alive or dead, being carried around. Then, we’re TOLD, some looters take the Ambassador to a hospital. We’re TOLD that some Americans go to the hospital and find that the Ambassador was alive when brought to the hospital, but he died from smoke inhalation. These Americans take his body to the Benghazi airport where it’s eventually returned to the US. Several people tried several times to find the Ambassador after the security guy went out the window at the mission. Nobody finds him? Some looters find him? Things get curiouser and curiouser.


42 posted on 11/12/2012 10:07:53 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: blueunicorn6

How would it look for Obama if his administration is keeping prisoners in Libya after the Democrats made such a fuss over Bush?


43 posted on 11/12/2012 10:11:02 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Now that I think about it, they said they had captured some of the attackers and turned them over to somebody in Libya. Why would our people do that? Wouldn’t we be for bringing them to the US for questioning? I don’t think our people give up attackers that easy. Doesn’t smell right.


44 posted on 11/12/2012 10:14:40 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Protect the Bill of Rights

Broadwell didn’t sound too concerned during her speech on 10/26. She had to know what was coming down the pike. Her husband didn’t hide his fb page until after Petraeus resigned, and media had harvested photos.

fb, gmail, hacked email ... doesn’t add up for spooks.

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No date ...

http://www.king5.com/news/Whistleblower-in-Petraeus-case-contacted-Wash-Congressman-Reichert-178707591.html

The Times names Washington Congressman Dave Reichert as the man contacted in late October by an FBI whistleblower who wanted Congress to know the investigation was underway.

Reichert, who referred the whistleblower to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, confirmed for KING 5 News that the Times article is correct, but had no further comment beyond that.


45 posted on 11/12/2012 10:17:02 AM PST by maggief
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To: MestaMachine
She NEVER said they had a secret prison. That was some butthole reporter's take on what she said, ...

Well put! ;-) ROTFLOL

46 posted on 11/12/2012 12:31:23 PM PST by TigersEye (Who is John Galt?)
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