Skooter reports 11/13/12
Paula Broadwell, Petraeus’ biographer could be under question about whether she bared classified information about the Libya attack that she had private knowledge of the situation due to her relationship with the former CIA Director David Petraeus.
An Oct. 26 speech at the University of Denver, her alma mater, Broadwell was asked about Petraeus’ conduct of the Benghazi crisis, on the same day that Fox News reported that the rescue team at the CIA annex had been denied help.
Israel’s Arutz Sheva and Foreign Policy’s Blake Hounshell originally reported her response to the question asked.
Broadwell quoted the Fox News report when she said: “The facts that came out today were that the ground forces there at the CIA annex, which is different from the consulate, were requesting reinforcements." She continued to explain more touchy information from the Benghazi attacks, especially involving what the real cause might have been.
Broadwell was quoted as saying: “Now, I don't know if a lot of you heard this, but the CIA annex had actually, um, had taken a couple of Libyan militia members prisoner and they think that the attack on the consulate was an effort to try to get these prisoners back. So that's still being vetted.”
As reported by Fox News dated Oct. 26, sources at the annex said that the CIA’s Global Response Staff had turned over three Libyan militia members to the Libyan authorities who happened to rescue the 30 Americans in the early hours of Sept. 12.
A reliable Washington source bear out to Fox News that there were Libyan militiamen being detained at the CIA annex in Benghazi and that their being there was being looked at as a likely motive for the staged attack on the consulate and annex that night.
According to numerous intelligence sources who have worked in Benghazi, there were more than just Libyan militia members who were detained and cross-examined by CIA contractors at the CIA annex in the days before the attack. Other prisoners from other countries in Africa and the Middle East were brought to this site.
It is said that the Libya annex was the major CIA station in North Africa, and two weeks before the attack, the CIA was about to shut it down. According to British and American intelligence sources, the majority of prisoners had been moved couple of weeks earlier.
Although the CIA firmly denied these assertions, it says, the CIA has not had detention authority since January 2009, when Executive Order 13491 was issued. Any suggestion that the agency is still in the detention business is uninformed and baseless.
According to family friends, Broadwell’s romance with Petraeus was probably known to Holly Petraeus. Months beforehand, the FBI had already known about it and White House Counterterrorism adviser John Brennan said to have been conscious that there was a relationship going on as early as the summer of 2011. However, the White House stoutly denied that Brennan knew it so early.
Broadwell’s affair with Petraeus ended earlier this year as reported, but she continued to work as an informal spokesman for the CIA director. She said in her Denver speech that Petraeus almost immediately aware that the attack was a terror attack, perhaps to free militia members.
Petraeus testified a few days later in a closed door session to Congress that the attack was due in considerable part to an anti-Islam video and a spur-of-the-moment uprising, according to reports from the hearing.
Congress believed Petraeus did not tell them the truth when he testified shortly after the attack. Some members already considered charging Petraeus with perjury, but said they planned to hold back judgment until he testified this week. Acting Director Mike Morrell said he would testify in Petraeus place.
All of this raises the question: What was the CIA really doing in Benghazi in addition to searching for Qaddafi’s stash of more than 22,000 shoulder-held missiles that could bring down commercial airplanes, and who in the White House knew exactly what the CIA was up to?