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Posted on 11/11/2012 9:30:46 PM PST by Arthurio
Did Petraeus mistress reveal new Benghazi details?
Posted By Blake Hounshell Sunday, November 11, 2012 - 9:56 PM Share So here is a bizarre twist in the David Petraeus resignation saga.
Paula Broadwell, the biographer revealed as the woman having a secret affair with the now-former CIA director, gave a talk at the University of Denver on Oct. 26 in which she appeared to reveal sensitive, maybe even classified, information about the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.
The most interesting revelation is her claim that the CIA was holding several Libyan militia members prisoner, which may have prompted the attack. (Though she also sought to explain the Obama administration's initial view that the attack was linked to the YouTube video Innocence of Muslims, an anti-Islam polemic that sparked riots across the Muslim world.)
[UPDATE: The CIA has denied holding prisoners at the annex, according to the DailyBeast's Eli Lake.]
She also said flatly that forces at the CIA annex had requested backup from a special Delta Force group she called the CINC's in extremis force. It was not clear whether she was basing her comments on an Oct. 26 Fox News report by Jennifer Griffin, or whether her information came from elsewhere. (Griffin refers to it as "Commanders [sic] in Extremis Force," but does not mention Delta Force or any Libyan prisoners.)
(Excerpt) Read more at blog.foreignpolicy.com ...
Hardly a revelation. There were numerous press accounts of it several weeks ago.
CIA operators were denied request for help during Benghazi attack October 26, 2012
According to a source on the ground at the time of the attack, the team inside the CIA annex had captured three Libyan attackers and was forced to hand them over to the Libyans. U.S. officials do not know what happened to those three attackers and whether they were released by the Libyan forces.
Wow... What if she was Fox News’ original source?
Other than the fact that the CIA can be counted on to lie in any case, they have only denied holding prisoners at the annex. Which leaves a lot of the rest of the Earth un-denied as possible locations for these alleged prisoners. Maybe it was across the street from the annex. Maybe it was one block over. Maybe it was in the secret bunker underneath the annex, which, technically, is not "at the annex".
I was under the impression from various accounts that the three Libyans were captured DURING the attack, and were turned over afterwards, then ended up in Turkey or Tunisia because they were’t Libyan.
The only part of that that I know anything about is that they were captured during the attack. By necessity they were turned over during, or at the very end of, the attack because all of our surviving personnel left. I was under the impression they were turned over to the Feb. 17th Martyr’s Brigade and then released by them.
If Petraeus is any kind of a man and has any decency left, he will go to that hearing and spill his guts on Benghazi. If he can’t do that for those men who lost their lives and for their families—then Petraeus is a worthless coward parasite.
It used to be that West Point valued honor.
Sounds like the general has been talking too much.
Gen. P. saga ping.
Read that; 'then' but did not think to wonder; at that point; 'who' forced the 'handover'. The Libyans; or our CIA?
I didn’t think about it. I figured circumstances forced them to. Too few hands to fight too many attackers. Preparing to evacuate at their first opportunity. How did they get away after Doherty and Woods were killed anyway? Seems like the attackers were gaining the advantage at that point.
Do you think the only ex Special Forces guys at Benghazi were Woods and Doherty? I don’t think so.
As for kidnapping some Libyans or whatever they were, I don’t think so either. If Obama refused to send in air support, do you think he would approve of taking prisoners out of Libya?
I wonder if the people who attacked us were being trained by us similar to what is happening in Afghanistan.
I don't think so either but when two are killed you have two less.
As for kidnapping some Libyans or whatever they were, ...
I wouldn't call taking prisoners in a firefight 'kidnapping.'
Obama refused to send in air support, do you think he would approve of taking prisoners out of Libya?
No. That's why I cited their evacuation as a reason to turn them over to the Feb. 17th Brigade. I don't think 0coward had anything to do with the decision. I don't think he bothered to watch or listen to what was happening.
Personally, I don’t know why you wouldn’t just kill them, but we don’t know who they were. Some might consider taking citizens of another country prisoner when you aren’t really supposed to be there kidnapping. But I really don’t know what I’m talking about. Hah
she spills the beans on Benghazi, not just that they were holding terrorists but that they weren’t sent help. Sounds like she was angry that the Obama administration was trying to have Petreus take the blame for the failure to rescue the guys (and indeed, his “resignation” is timed to suggest they want to keep him from talking). so she spilled the beans...
call it a preemptive strike. Too bad no one noticed her speech on youtube before the election.
It’s actually called the Combatant Commander In Extremis force. The CI is a direct action counterterrorist group made up of specops guys; the unit is attached to every Special Forces group. When the call went out from Benghazi, it would have been picked up by Tripoli and sent to the White House Situation Room, Langley, and to AFRICOM (CENTCOM Africa).
That distress call should have triggered the AUTOMATIC deployment of the CI unit, as they are not only REQUIRED to respond but also to maintain a “hot ready” status - planes fueled and on the tarmac, gear ready to go - so that they can respond immediately... meaning 25 minutes until they are in the air and en route.
The CI assets are about a 2-hr flight from Benghazi, but we could have had close air support on station within about 45 minutes.
The only reason that the CI force would not have deployed, and that the air assets were not ordered in (or were recalled) would be if they got an order from the WH or State (which would have originated from the WH due to cross-border authority) to do so... which is why the CIA has already said they gave no such order.