Skip to comments.Former State Dept. Official: Details of Maxwell’s Benghazi Document Story ‘Ring True’
Posted on 09/21/2014 6:16:39 AM PDT by Whenifhow
A State Department whistleblower has come forward to say the details of a former colleagues account of the sifting of Benghazi-related documents to identify damaging material ring true.
The Daily Signal reported Monday on Raymond Maxwell, a former deputy assistant secretary at the State Department who says he observed an unusual after-hours session in a basement operations room of the agencys headquarters in Washington in October 2012.
Maxwell said a State Department office director told him those present were ordered to separate out any documents related to the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attacks on Americans in Benghazi that could prove damaging to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. While he was present, Maxwell said, Clinton Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills and Deputy Chief of Staff Jake Sullivan stopped by.
Document reviews at State following a significant event are not unheard of, writes department veteran Peter Van Buren in The American Conservative, adding that an affected office needs to recap how it got to where it is.
Van Buren continues:
Conducting such a review in secret, on a Sunday, with some of the Secretarys most senior advisors personally overseeing things, is in fact unheard of. The details of Maxwells story ring true, the place, the procedures.
In short, he concludes, I think Ray Maxwell is credible.
Van Buren, an author and 24-year veteran of the State Department, was himself a whistleblower. He weighs in on Maxwells allegationsand the subsequent attempts to discredit himin a commentary published today.
People will claim [Maxwell] is nothing more than a disgruntled employee with an agenda. I dont think thats true. Because I was once in his place, Van Buren writes.
Van Buren also addresses efforts to disparage Maxwell and his story by those who point to the fact that he did not go public sooner:
For whistleblowers to go public, there is a calculus of pain and gain, and working it out takes time. You try to go through channels: Congressman Jason Chaffetz [R-Utah] says Maxwell first told lawmakers his full story privately some time ago. Then you wait in hopes the information will come out without you, that someone else might speak up first; you hint at the truth, hoping someone will take the bait, but instead see faux investigations and bleats about its just politics further bury it.
Van Buren spent a year leading Provincial Reconstruction Teams in Iraq. He blew the whistle on incompetence and waste of taxpayer money as well as near-complete lack of interest by the [State] Department.
In my case, I was ignorant of what would happen once I blew the whistle, Van Buren adds. Ray Maxwell had examples to learn from. He likely calculated he needed to securely retire from State before taking Team Clinton head-on.
After he wrote a book exposing what he saw, Van Buren recalls, my security clearance was pulled; my case was sent to the Department of Justice for prosecution; I was frog-marched out of my office and forbidden to enter any State Department facility; I was placed on a Secret Service watch list as a potential threat to Mrs. Clinton; the pension I earned over a long career was threatened.
There was a two-year gap between much of what I saw in Iraq and my public coming out. The same was true for [Edward] Snowden and other whistleblowers. You dont just wake up one morning and decide to turn your own life, and that of your family, upside down, risking financial ruin, public shaming and possibly jail time. It is a process, not an event. You have to wonder what your fate will be once the media grows bored with your story, how far your actions will follow you. Fear travels with you on your journey of conscience.
Mills, Sullivan and Clinton offered no comment on Maxwells allegations. The State Department this week did not interview Maxwell to investigate details, and instead responded by saying the Accountability Review Board had unfettered and direct access to State Department people and documents.
Van Buren concludes his commentary:
Checks of State Department entry and exit records and room use requests should establish the basic facts. Proving what happened at that document review will be much, much harder and will focus in large part on Maxwells own credibility.
Is Maxwell a disgruntled employee with an agenda? Possibly, but whistleblowers act on conscience, not revenge; the cost is too high for that, and in this day revenge is available much cheaper via a leak or as an unnamed source. Going public and disgruntlement often coincide but are not necessarily causally connected. Knowing the right thing to do is easier than summoning the courage and aligning ones life to step up and do it.
I think Ray Maxwell is credible. I dont think his timing suggests he is not. Well see, paraphrasing Clintons own words on Benghazi, if it really matters anymore, and what difference it does make.
There’s precedent for a Clinton document scrub — Sandy Burglar’s swiping of archive documents; the post-Fort Marcy Park cleanout of Vince Foster’s office.
this criminal enterprise known as the obammy administration has subverted our laws and covered up by simply telling our judiciary to pound sand.
And throw away or cover up theikr criminal acts.
Our Dem-Pravda News organizations will cover for this Admin until the cows come home. My Leftist relatives in Oregon have never heard of Fast and Furious except that it’s a movie. If we had an inquiring, independent Media in this country, most people in this Admin would be in prison.
Uh, if you cannot quote the three branches of the federal government, understanding the punch line of this cartoon will be way to much for the typical LIV .......
Perhaps Maxwell waited until Hillary no longer SOS, and there was a committee to whistle to.
This is SOP for the Hillary Clinton.
The money line, from the beginning, has always been the contact person who gave Mr. Maxwell the original heads up.
Mr. Maxwell was not the first to understand exactly what was going on, but the second.
This is the person who is in the know, and who is needed to corroborate what Mr. Maxwell saw, to sew this piece of the case up.
If Cheryl Mills was present in the basement on Sunday, well, then the purpose of the Sunday meeting was Hillary-on-defense, and not a strictly ordinary gathering of “all” materials.
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” . . . the post-Fort Marcy Park cleanout of Vince Fosters office.”
For those who’ve forgotten the details, one of Hilary’s minions, Maggie Williams, was identified by a Secret Service agent as removing two folders from Foster’s office, a charge that she denied, and one for which it was claimed she had passed a lie detector charge on.
Her punishment? A cushy job in Paris (to get her out of the country), and later chief-of-staff at the Clinton Foundation, followed by a spot as campaign manager for Hilary’s 2008 presidential run.
Hence, I’m not expecting a lot out of the Benghazi charges - I hope Gowdy proves me wrong.
understanding the punch line of this cartoon will be way to much for the typical LIV ....... —
Their take on the punch line would be:
It’s a good thing there are magazine size limits, or Foster would have shot himself 20 times in the back of the head.
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Lol, lol, lol, that is funny!
Who is in charge or room reservations at GITMO?
Show me he video of Foster leaving the WH that day, other than rolled up in a large rug.
Everyone was so used to Bill and Hillary stealing stuff from the White House that security didn't bat
an eye when they walked out with the Oval Room carpet all rolled up.
That is not possible. You see, the video camera system was not functioning on July 20,1993--for the entire White House complex.
Funny how that was.
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