Benghazi Plot Thickens
Additional facts about the Benghazi debacle have surfaced in the last few days, suggesting that the White House is worse than previously documented.
The Benghazi whistleblowers about whom the president claimed to know nothing have been identified and will testify. They are Mark Thompson, deputy assistant secretary of state for counter-terrorism; Gregory Hicks, the former deputy chief of mission/charge d’affairs in Libya; and Eric Nordstrom, who acted as a regional security officer in Libya for the State Department. The men will tell their stories to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
Nordstrom has testified before, and if he was pressured to withhold or alter testimony, we’ll be into a whole different level of scandal.
We know that the State Department inspector general is investigating the Accountability Review Board. It is unclear whether there is overlap between the whistleblowers and the IG’s investigation. Again, if we learn witnesses were suppressed or accounts changed for political reasons, even the mainstream media might have to change its story.
And we know that three al-Qaeda operatives took part in the attack in Benghazi. CNN reports, “Several Yemeni men belonging to al-Qaeda took part in the terrorist attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi last September, according to several sources who have spoken with CNN. One senior U.S. law enforcement official told CNN that ‘three or four members of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula,’ or AQAP, took part in the attack.”
If this was known to our intelligence community shortly after the attack, there is further reason to question why administration officials were perpetuating the notion that this was a spontaneous attack prompted by an anti-Muslim video.
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