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CIA Chief Told Benghazi Survivors To Talk In May

From the Weekly Standard

Brennan Sent Letter to Benghazi ‘Survivors’

By STEPHEN F. HAYES | August 3, 2013

John Brennan, the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, sent a letter to each of the CIA employees who were on the ground during the Benghazi attack on September 11, 2012, inviting them to share information with Congress, according to three sources familiar with the missive. Brennan sent the letter in late May at the behest congressional intelligence committees, whose members remain interested in hearing from the survivors of those attacks.

Maybe we are growing cynical, but we find it a little hard to believe this letter was sent out in ‘late May,’ and Congress only heard about it last week.

After all, the claim that these survivors have been kept from talking has been a topic in the news for months now. Why wouldn’t the CIA have announced that they had already told everyone they could talk? It doesn’t add up.

The letter from Brennan, which remains classified, conveyed a message the CIA leadership was willing to support and facilitate communications between the CIA employees involved in the Benghazi attacks and congressional oversight committees. The letter did not generate additional responses from CIA employees in Benghazi…

If the letter is classified how do we know what it said? Maybe the letter was ‘written in code.’ And the subtext was, ‘you better clam up.’ By the way, did the monthly polygraphs stop in May? If not, why not?

A statement from CIA spokesman Dean Boyd provided to THE WEEKLY STANDARD and other media outlets strongly disputes any suggestion of a cover-up. “The CIA has worked closely with its oversight committees to provide them with an extraordinary amount of information related to the attack on US facilities in Benghazi. Furthermore, CIA leadership has informed officers who may want to speak with the oversight committees on this matter that it will support and facilitate such contact.  CIA employees are always free to speak to Congress if they want to and there is an established process to facilitate such communication on a confidential basis.  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.”

Members of the House Intelligence Committee received a copy of the letter on Tuesday, two days before the CNN report aired.

The letter was written in "late May" but the House is just heard about it last week. That doesn’t make sense, given that some Congressmen have been charging a cover up.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Monday, August 5th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “CIA Chief Told Benghazi Survivors To Talk In May”

  1. Yeah, that’s the ticket… I… wrote a letter… back in mMMMay… yeah that’s it. I wrote a letter back in May… late May… that said… yeah… it said… uh… Everybody can talk to whoever they want… yeah… that’s it.

    ACTING… GENIUS… THANK YOU!

    Acting, yes. Genius, not even close. Thank you for proving that there is a coverup. The more this administration says that there’s “nothing to see here”, the thicker the smokescreen gets. Except for the actual names of the witnesses, why is this “letter” classified? If it says these witnesses can talk to congress, what is there in it that requires that it be classified? I’m sick of this administration’s claims of transparency. You can’t see transparency in the dark.

  2. … and just for good measure, we’ll let you see Michael Hastings go up in a giant explosion in a brand new Mercedes in case you didn’t get the winky wink about … testifying …

  3. Kytross

    Asking for CIA employees who survived the attack on our embassy in Bengahzi to talk to congress about that night is like asking players for the New York Yankees to tell us about their experience in the superbowl. From what we’ve been told there weren’t any CIA operatives in the embassy who survived the attack.

    Go ahead CIA, talk to congress. Win a few brownie points for playing ball; nothing you say can embarrass the administration anymore than anything you’ve already said. You have no new relevant informationl; talk until your hearts are content.

    Distract the public from the fact that the American government put the survivors in hopsitals under assumed names so people couldn’t find them, among other despicable acts.


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