The Benghazi survivors may be under a gag order, and we should just give up ever hearing from them. According to a Feb. 21 article by Kerry Pickett on Breitbart.com, the mystery of the missing Benghazi survivors will probably remain a mystery.
Other than certain members of Congress who are authorized to hear their statements, federal law prevents these survivors from even admitting that they were witnesses to the attack at the embassy in Libya. The State Department employees were required to sign non-disclosure agreements, according to an expert interviewed for this article, and the remaining survivors were probably CIA officers. Intelligence agencies have their own policies for their employees in regard to sharing information.
Senator Lindsey Graham has been an outspoken critic of the Obama Administration's decision to hide the survivors from the public. He wants the FBI to turn over the transcripts to the interviews with the survivors. You can read the transcript from Graham's appearance on Fox News Sunday here.
Bill Bransford, a Washington, D.C. attorney at Shaw Bransford & Roth P.C. who specializes in federal employment law, explained the complicated situation with the whistle blower laws as they pertain to different branches of the federal government. Apparently, the State Department employees are covered and the CIA employees are not. There were approximately 25-35 survivors of the attack in Benghazi.
Mr. Bransford considered the question of what scenario would ever exist that would allow these employees to share their experiences:
“Those sources in Congress themselves are precluded from further releasing the information. They know that it’s classified and they can’t release it to the media. They couldn’t get up on the floor of the Senate or at a hearing and make a speech about it because it’s classified and they seem to respect that,” Bransford said.
He added, “Does that mean that they can’t release it later? Maybe. Meaning there could be some political stuff going on to try and get that information but I’m not sure what’s going to happen with that."