Yesterday it was reported that there were dozens of CIA agents on the ground in Benghazi Libya on September 11, 2012. As has been suspected and reported, but is now pretty much confirmed, the CIA was operating a gun running program in Benghazi. The CIA team was working in an annex near the consulate on a project to supply missiles from Libyan armouries to Syrian rebels.
Now we know why so many were injured, why the Obama administration is keeping them from talking to media or Congress, and we know some of the intimidation the administration has used against these people. What we don't know is why there was so little security for all these people.
Important information in the following two articles:
From The Telegraph UK:
Sources said that more Americans were hurt in the assault spearheaded by suspected Islamic radicals than had been previously reported. CIA chiefs were actively working to ensure the real nature of its operations in the city did not get out.
So only the losses suffered by the State Department in the city had been reported to Congress.
From Jake Tapper at CNN:
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." [snip]
Among the many secrets still yet to be told about the Benghazi mission, is just how many Americans were there the night of the attack.
A source now tells CNN that number was 35, with as many as seven wounded, some seriously.
While it is still not known how many of them were CIA, a source tells
CNN that 21 Americans were working in the building known as the annex,
believed to be run by the agency.
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What kind of security is being provided for US embasies in the Middle East in light of the latest threat from Al-Qaeda? A threat so high that many (most?) embassies are being closed on Sunday?
The chairman of the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee said al Qaeda appears to be behind a threat that has prompted several U.S. embassies to close on Sunday.
"It's my understanding that it is al Qaeda linked ... and the threat emanates in the Middle East and in Central Asia," Representative Ed Royce said Friday on CNN's "New Day" program.
Royce, a Republican, said he and several other lawmakers met two days ago with Vice President Joe Biden on the threat, "and as you know we're going to take whatever steps necessary to protect our personnel overseas. When we do have an indication of a threat, we take that seriously."
Uh huh. They take it seriously? Like they did in Benghazi?
The State Department on Thursday said U.S. embassies that would normally be open this Sunday - including those in Abu Dhabi, Baghdad and Cairo - will be closed that day because of unspecified security concerns.
CBS News reported the embassy closings were tied to U.S. intelligence about an al Qaeda plot against American diplomatic posts in Muslim countries in the Middle East and elsewhere.
If I had family working in thee embassies, I would not be reassured by Joe Biden's comments.