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Cable To Hillary Shows There Were Warnings

From Fox News:

Exclusive: Classified cable warned consulate couldn’t withstand ‘coordinated attack’

By Catherine Herridge | Wed October 31, 2012

The U.S. Mission in Benghazi convened an “emergency meeting” less than a month before the assault that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans, because Al Qaeda had training camps in Benghazi and the consulate could not defend against a “coordinated attack,” according to a classified cable reviewed by Fox News.

Summarizing an Aug. 15 emergency meeting convened by the U.S. Mission in Benghazi, the Aug. 16 cable marked “SECRET” said that the State Department’s senior security officer, also known as the RSO, did not believe the consulate could be protected.

“RSO (Regional Security Officer) expressed concerns with the ability to defend Post in the event of a coordinated attack due to limited manpower, security measures, weapons capabilities, host nation support, and the overall size of the compound,” the cable said.

According to a review of the cable addressed to the Office of the Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the Emergency Action Committee was also briefed "on the location of approximately ten Islamist militias and AQ training camps within Benghazi … these groups ran the spectrum from Islamist militias, such as the QRF Brigade and Ansar al-Sharia, to ‘Takfirist thugs.’” Each U.S. mission has a so-called Emergency Action Committee that is responsible for security measures and emergency planning.

The details in the cable seemed to foreshadow the deadly Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. compound, which was a coordinated, commando-style assault using direct and indirect fire. Al Qaeda in North Africa and Ansar al-Sharia, both mentioned in the cable, have since been implicated in the consulate attack.

In addition to describing the security situation in Benghazi as “trending negatively,” the cable said explicitly that the mission would ask for more help. “In light of the uncertain security environment, US Mission Benghazi will submit specific requests to US Embassy Tripoli for additional physical security upgrades and staffing needs by separate cover.”

To sum up, according to a cable sent directly to Hillary Clinton, the mission in Benghazi had an emergency meeting less than a month before the attack. In it they were told that there were 10 Islamist militias in Benghazi. (Including Al Qaeda in North Africa and Ansar al-Sharia, which have both been implicated in the attack.)

And the cable specifically told Mrs. Clinton that the consulate was asking for more security.

And yet the New York Times just told us the day before yesterday that there were no specific warnings. Naturally, there is nothing about this revelation in today’s edition of the ‘Paper Of Record’ or anywhere else in the mainstream media.

While the administration’s public statements have suggested that the attack came without warning, the Aug. 16 cable seems to undercut those claims. It was a direct warning to the State Department that the Benghazi consulate was vulnerable to attack, that it could not be defended and that the presence of anti-U.S. militias and Al Qaeda was well-known to the U.S. intelligence community…

Saying this "undercuts" the Obama administration’s claims is an understatement. This cable puts the lie to the claims the attack came out of the blue, and nobody knew they had wanted more help.

Fox News asked the State Department to respond to a series of questions about the Aug. 16 cable, including who was specifically charged with reviewing it and whether action was taken by Washington or Tripoli. Fox News also asked, given the specific warnings and the detailed intelligence laid out in the cable, whether the State Department considered extra measures for the consulate in light of the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks – and if no action was taken, who made that call.

The State Department press office declined to answer specific questions, citing the classified nature of the cable…


This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, November 1st, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Cable To Hillary Shows There Were Warnings”

  1. untrainable says:

    The State Department press office declined to answer specific questions, citing the classified nature of the cable…

    “I’m sorry Fox news reporter. I cannot comment on that e-mail that you have there in your hand, and that you have read and reported on, but that e-mail is classified.” Are you kidding me? This is the most irresponsible administration in the history of the world, with the possible exception of Nero’s Rome while it was on fire.

    I think Hitlery tried to focus the attention away from herself when she took responsibility (but not blame) for the security and the safety of “her people” abroad. Not only was she not living up to her responsibility, now we see that she and the administration were aware of the threat and actively discouraged actions that could have kept “her people” safe. This goes beyond criminal negligence. This is treason, and everyone in the administration that was in the loop on this and either participated in the lies, or sat by and said nothing as our people were killed, is guilty.

    Unfortunately, with Eric Holder in the (in)justice department, there could be a signed confession from BHO himself and it would be deemed… classified under presidential privelage. Real justice for the dead will require regime change, otherwise prepare to have a heretofor unimaginable amount of smoke to be blown up your arse.

  2. canary says:

    Stevens put it in writing that Al-Qaida were setting up training camps and more Islam extremist sects were taking over, Libya was letting it happen and it was obvious Obama failed in going around congress and droning bombs on Libya.

    They had to shut Stevens and the Diplomat up. Everyone has shut up except the freelance muslim photographer who took pictures, and Libya doctor lying through his teeth.

    Obama was relieved once there were dead, didn’t miss a beat, and went on his merry way to Vegas.

    Hillary and Bill Clinton the perfect team to shut people up.

    The worse was viewing and hearing Hillary Clinton’s speech at the succession when the dead Americans arrived back in the U.S. That ” awwwfulll” video on the internet”.

    Well, Hillary who can even think of the Oval office anymore after Bill Clinton used it as a whore house. Who can stand thinking of Bill Clinton in hotel rooms alleged to have raped women.
    Did Republican’s riot? Who can think of Hillary without thinking of Foster. Obama and Hillary are threatening bullying people who shut mouths up. And shut the media mouths with threats and money.

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