Dozens of Americans were apparently on the ground in Benghazi attack (Update: Benghazi a Middle Eastern Fast and Furious Operation?)
CIA putting operatives through monthly polygraphs to scope for any operative who may leak
The Benghazi scandal just got a whole lot more interesting. From Jake Tapper:
CNN has uncovered exclusive new information about what is allegedly happening at the CIA, in the wake of the deadly Benghazi terror attack.
Four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens, were killed in the assault by armed militants last September 11 in eastern Libya.
Sources now tell CNN dozens of people working for the CIA were on the ground that night, and that the agency is going to great lengths to make sure whatever it was doing, remains a secret.
CNN has learned the CIA is involved in what one source calls an unprecedented attempt to keep the spy agency’s Benghazi secrets from ever leaking out.
Since January, some CIA operatives involved in the agency’s missions in Libya, have been subjected to frequent, even monthly polygraph examinations, according to a source with deep inside knowledge of the agency’s workings.
The goal of the questioning, according to sources, is to find out if anyone is talking to the media or Congress.
It is being described as pure intimidation, with the threat that any unauthorized CIA employee who leaks information could face the end of his or her career.
In exclusive communications obtained by CNN, one insider writes, “You don’t jeopardize yourself, you jeopardize your family as well.”
Another says, “You have no idea the amount of pressure being brought to bear on anyone with knowledge of this operation.”
“Agency employees typically are polygraphed every three to four years. Never more than that,” said former CIA operative and CNN analyst Robert Baer.
In other words, the rate of the kind of polygraphs alleged by sources is rare.
Looks like Barack Obama and particularly Hillary Clinton are trying to keep this lid from being blown off. The more the Obama Adminstration whines about phony scandals, the more closer investigators are getting to the truth. There are going to be a lot of subpoenas coming from Darrell Issa directed at the CIA in the near future.
(UPDATE) This is a much bigger development than I figured.
Also in October we reported the connection between Ambassador Christopher Stevens, who died in the attack, and a reported September shipment of SA-7 surface-to-air anti-craft missiles (i.e. MANPADS) and rocket-propelled grenades from Benghazi to Syria through southern Turkey.
That 400-ton shipment — “the largest consignment of weapons” yet for Syrian rebels — was organized by Abdelhakim Belhadj, who was the newly-appointed head of the Tripoli Military Council.
In March 2011 Stevens, the official U.S. liaison to the al-Qaeda-linked Libyan rebels, worked directly with Belhadj while he headed the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group.
Stevens’ last meeting on Sept. 11 was with Turkish Consul General Ali Sait Akin, and a source told Fox News that Stevens was in Benghazi “to negotiate a weapons transfer in an effort to get SA-7 missiles out of the hands of Libya-based extremists.”
Syrian rebels subsequently began shooting down Syrian helicopters and fighter jets with SA-7s akin to those in Qaddafi’s looted stock.
Allahpundit asks the $64,000 question: What was the CIA doing in Benghazi? There is something really big here and a lot of theories going around but all do not have a good outcome for Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. The most plausible is the Obama administration could very well have been arming jihadis, much like weapons falling into the wrong hands like Mexican Drug Gangs in Fast and Furious. The big problem is Obama can’t claim 11th hour executive privilege to keep a lid on this like he did with Fast and Furious.