Zev Porat

Friday, August 2, 2013

CIA had dozens of operatives in Benghazi during consulate attack

A picture shows the interior of the burnt US consulate building in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi on September 13, 2012 following an attack on the building late on September 11 (AFP Photo / Gianluigi Guercia)

Dozens of CIA operatives were reportedly near the scene where US Ambassador Christopher Stevens was killed last September 11, and the agency has gone to great lengths to keep the operatives' actions a secret.

In an exclusive report, CNN said there were as many as 35 Americans on the ground in Benghazi at the time of the attack, 21 of which were working in a building that is believed to be operated by the Central Intelligence Agency. What the operatives were doing there that day remains a mystery, and it appears that the agency is making an extensive effort to try to stop any more information leaks.

"You have no idea the amount of pressure being brought to bear on anyone with knowledge of this operation," an unnamed source told CNN.

The controversial news has been a cause of concern for some who fear that the US government could have prevented the attack, and US. Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) believes the CIA is hiding something major. Since January, the agency has extensively questioned its operatives and subjected staffers to more frequent polygraph tests. A source told CNN that the agency's actions are an unprecedented attempt to prevent information about Benghazi from ever being leaked.

"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," Wolf said.

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