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CIA contradicts Obama administration's account of Benghazi attack response

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A new report from Aaron Klein published late last night on says CIA agents stationed in Benghazi told the head of the House intelligence subcommittee that interviewed the CIA employees "they were loaded into vehicles and ready to aid the besieged U.S. special mission on Sept. 11, 2012," but were ordered to "wait."

According to Klein's report, this new revelation directly contradicts findings by the State Department’s Accountability Review Board. The ARB report said that the response team located in the CIA annex. only one mile away from the US consulate where the initial attack took place, "was not delayed by orders from superiors.”

Klein also reports that Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA), who heads the House intelligence subcommittee that interviewed the CIA employees, said the CIA agents testified there was no “stand-down order,” but there was disagreement over how quickly to respond.

An earlier Associated Press report says Westmoreland explained the disagreement over how quickly to respond arose from a standing order for the CIA agents on the ground in Benghazi to avoid violent encounters.

Klein cited the AP report which states:

"Westmoreland said the CIA security contractors loaded into two vehicles, with weapons ready, the moment they heard the radio call for help from the diplomatic building. Some wanted to rush to the U.S. compound roughly a mile away, and their agitation grew as they heard increasing panic when the diplomats reported the militants were setting the compound on fire.

The CIA team leader and the CIA chief at the Benghazi annex told committee members that they were trying to gather Libyan allies and intelligence before racing into the fray, worried that they might be sending their security team into an ambush with little or no backup.

At least one of those security contractors, a former U.S. Army Ranger, was told to 'wait' at least twice, and he argued with his security team leader, according to his testimony, related by Westmoreland. Westmoreland declined to share the names of the officers who testified because they are still CIA employees."

According to the AP, CIA agents testified that had their response not been delayed they still would not have been able to save the lives of those killed in the attack, "including Ambassador Christopher Stephens." However, the report says that claim cannot be "verified because of the lack of information regarding what happened to Stevens the night of the attacks."

Klein says the CIA agent's testimony that they were order to "wait" directly contradicts the ARB's report, which said, “The departure of the Annex team was not delayed by orders from superiors; the team leader decided on his own to depart the Annex compound once it was apparent, despite a brief delay to permit their continuing efforts, that rapid support from local security elements was not forthcoming."

It is apparent that there is much more to the story of what led up to the attack on the US consulate, and what happened during the attack. The Obama administration's subsequent cover story that the attack came about as a result of a demonstration over an anti-Muslim video that got out of hand has been proven to be false, and leads many to question why the administration lied about the attack if there is nothing to hide.

Many people believe the attack was connected to allegations of a weapons smuggling operation in which the Obama administration supplied arms to terrorist groups affiliated with al-Qaeda that were operating in Libya during the rebellion that led to the ouster and death of former Libyan leader Moammar Khadafi.



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