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CNN has uncovered exclusive new information about CIA and BENGHAZI

Exclusive: Dozens of CIA operatives on the ground during Benghazi attack – The Lead with Jake Tapper - CNN.com Blogs

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.

Read: Analysis: CIA role in Benghazi underreported

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.

"If somebody is being polygraphed every month, or every two months it's called an issue polygraph, and that means that the polygraph division suspects something, or they're looking for something, or they're on a fishing expedition. But it's absolutely not routine at all to be polygraphed monthly, or bi-monthly," said Baer.

CIA spokesman Dean Boyd asserted in a statement that the agency has been open with Congress.

"The CIA has worked closely with its oversight committees to provide them with an extraordinary amount of information related to the attack on U.S. facilities in Benghazi," the statement said.

"CIA employees are always free to speak to Congress if they want," the statement continued. "The CIA enabled all officers involved in Benghazi the opportunity to meet with Congress. We are not aware of any CIA employee who has experienced retaliation, including any non-routine security procedures, or who has been prevented from sharing a concern with Congress about the Benghazi incident."

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.

The lack of information and pressure to silence CIA operatives is disturbing to U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf, whose district includes CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia.

"I think it is a form of a cover-up, and I think it's an attempt to push it under the rug, and I think the American people are feeling the same way," said the Republican.

"We should have the people who were on the scene come in, testify under oath, do it publicly, and lay it out. And there really isn't any national security issue involved with regards to that," he said.

Wolf has repeatedly gone to the House floor, asking for a select committee to be set-up, a Watergate-style probe involving several intelligence committee investigators assigned to get to the bottom of the failures that took place in Benghazi, and find out just what the State Department and CIA were doing there.

More than 150 fellow Republican members of Congress have signed his request, and just this week eight Republicans sent a letter to the new head of the FBI, James Comey, asking that he brief Congress within 30 days.

Read: White House releases 100 pages of Benghazi e-mails

In the aftermath of the attack, Wolf said he was contacted by people closely tied with CIA operatives and contractors who wanted to talk.

Then suddenly, there was silence.

"Initially they were not afraid to come forward. They wanted the opportunity, and they wanted to be subpoenaed, because if you're subpoenaed, it sort of protects you, you're forced to come before Congress. Now that's all changed," said Wolf.

Lawmakers also want to about know the weapons in Libya, and what happened to them.

Speculation on Capitol Hill has included the possibility the U.S. agencies operating in Benghazi were secretly helping to move surface-to-air missiles out of Libya, through Turkey, and into the hands of Syrian rebels.

It is clear that two U.S. agencies were operating in Benghazi, one was the State Department, and the other was the CIA.

The State Department told CNN in an e-mail that it was only helping the new Libyan government destroy weapons deemed "damaged, aged or too unsafe retain," and that it was not involved in any transfer of weapons to other countries.

But the State Department also clearly told CNN, they "can't speak for any other agencies."

The CIA would not comment on whether it was involved in the transfer of any weapons.

Programming note: Was there a political cover up surrounding the Benghazi attack that killed four Americans? Watch a CNN special investigation — The Truth About Benghazi, Tuesday at 10 p.m. ET.
by on Aug. 1, 2013 at 11:40 PM
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SyllabaryBisque
by Bronze Member on Aug. 2, 2013 at 2:00 AM
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Either way, it won't stay in the news for long. Every time it comes up, something bigger, better, and more scandalous takes its place.

Pay close attention to one hand and ignore what the other hand is doing. Magicians do it all the time.
RandRMomma
by Maya on Aug. 2, 2013 at 8:42 AM
I'm speaking in general about things that have happened during recent administrations like Bush Sr, Clinton, Bush Jr.

Quoting JoshRachelsMAMA:

There have been. Which are you referring to?



Quoting RandRMomma:

I find the hooblah over Benghazi to be very hypocritical. Where was all of the hooblah during other embassy attacks down through the years?
jaxTheMomm
by Platinum Member on Aug. 2, 2013 at 8:44 AM
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I've said it all along - if you took the whole thing and turned it upside down, the CIA would come tumbling out.

candlegal
by Judy on Aug. 2, 2013 at 8:56 AM

So do I.

Quoting DestinyHLewis:

I find it amazing CNN is now on board. 


JoshRachelsMAMA
by JRM on Aug. 2, 2013 at 9:14 AM
That's why I posted this. Now, I just read another article that the administration is hiding people and giving them aliases.

Quoting candlegal:

So do I.

Quoting DestinyHLewis:

I find it amazing CNN is now on board. 


candlegal
by Judy on Aug. 2, 2013 at 9:16 AM
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Yeah, I read that this morning also.   They will go to any lengths.........

Quoting JoshRachelsMAMA:

That's why I posted this. Now, I just read another article that the administration is hiding people and giving them aliases.

Quoting candlegal:

So do I.

Quoting DestinyHLewis:

I find it amazing CNN is now on board. 



JoshRachelsMAMA
by JRM on Aug. 2, 2013 at 9:19 AM
What happened during Bush Sr.? During Clinton, the USS Cole was attacked, WTC, and our soldiers were dragged through the streets of Mogadishu. Clinton did nothing. There were "hooplas".

Bush Jr, we went to war.

Nothing has happened before to this magnitude, nothing even similar. If you do know something, please let me know. Just woke up and have a fuzzy brain. Memory is pretty woozy right now.


Quoting RandRMomma:

I'm speaking in general about things that have happened during recent administrations like Bush Sr, Clinton, Bush Jr.



Quoting JoshRachelsMAMA:

There have been. Which are you referring to?





Quoting RandRMomma:

I find the hooblah over Benghazi to be very hypocritical. Where was all of the hooblah during other embassy attacks down through the years?
JoshRachelsMAMA
by JRM on Aug. 2, 2013 at 9:21 AM
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I would've posted the story currently being reported by Fox, but then you would've said "oh, it's fox".

So please, spare me the drama. Have anything useful to add?


Quoting Friday:


Quoting DestinyHLewis:

I find it amazing CNN is now on board. 

I find it amazing that the channel often called Communist or Clinton News Network is suddenly credible when it supports the Rights POV.

TimetoMomUp
by Runt on Aug. 2, 2013 at 9:22 AM
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You are right.  I am sure someone will say something rude or racist and it will clearly be more important of a story.  

Quoting SyllabaryBisque:

Either way, it won't stay in the news for long. Every time it comes up, something bigger, better, and more scandalous takes its place.

Pay close attention to one hand and ignore what the other hand is doing. Magicians do it all the time.



lga1965
by Ruby Member on Aug. 2, 2013 at 9:24 AM
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The CIA has been behaving like a secret ,almost separate Government and this has been going on since the 1950's starting with Allen Dulles ....the interventions and plots in S E Asia, Cuba ,etc. And this is just one more example.
Those who object find themselves in peril.
They can set people up or create an accident to get rid of people who want to expose their villainy.
Better be careful,guys


Quoting RandRMomma:

I find the hooblah over Benghazi to be very hypocritical. Where was all of the hooblah during other embassy attacks down through the years?
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