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CIA Station Chief Reported Terrorism In 24 Hrs

From the Associated Press:

CIA found militant links a day after Libya attack

By KIMBERLY DOZIER | Fri October 19, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — The CIA station chief in Libya reported to Washington within 24 hours of last month’s deadly attack on the U.S. Consulate that there was evidence it was carried out by militants, not a spontaneous mob upset about an American-made video ridiculing Islam’s Prophet Muhammad, U.S. officials have told The Associated Press.

Of course, this is not news to anyone, except the AP and their poor benighted readers.

It is unclear who, if anyone, saw the cable outside the CIA at that point and how high up in the agency the information went.

A US Consulate is attacked, a US Ambassador is killed, and there is some question as to how high up the CIA’s station chief’s report on the attack would have gone? Only in the fevered imagination of Obama’s praetorian guard at the AP.

No. There is no question that such a report would have gone to the White House. The only question is why did the President decide to ignore this report and blame the spontaneous attack on an obscure video.

The Obama administration maintained publicly for a week that the attack on the diplomatic mission in Benghazi that killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans was a result of the mobs that staged less-deadly protests across the Muslim world around the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks on the U.S

Note that the AP is now tacitly conceding that both Obama and his teammate Candy Crowley lied in the debate, Tuesday night.

The two U.S. officials said the CIA station chief in Libya compiled intelligence reports from eyewitnesses within 24 hours of the assault on the consulate that indicated militants launched the violence, using the pretext of demonstrations against U.S. facilities in Egypt against the film to cover their intent. The report from the station chief was written late Wednesday, Sept. 12, and reached intelligence agencies in Washington the next day, intelligence officials said…

Such raw intelligence reports by the CIA on the ground would normally be sent first to analysts at the headquarters in Langley, Va., for vetting and comparing against other intelligence derived from eavesdropping drones and satellite images. Only then would such intelligence generally be shared with the White House and later, Congress, a process that can take hours, or days if the intelligence is coming only from one or two sources who may or may not be trusted.

U.S. intelligence officials say in this case the delay was due in part to the time it took to analyze various conflicting accounts…

What utter nonsense. Such a report on such a volatile event would have been given top priority. Besides, this was a report from the CIA’s own Station Chief. It would not have required any analysis or vetting. And there is no doubt that such a report would have gone directly to the White House.

Meanwhile, we have this from McClatchy Newspapers:

U.S. description of Benghazi attacks, at first cautious, changed after 3 days

By Hannah Allam and Jonathan S. Landay | Thurs October 18, 2012

WASHINGTON — In the first 48 hours after the deadly Sept. 11 attacks on U.S. diplomatic outposts in Libya, senior Obama administration officials strongly alluded to a terrorist assault and repeatedly declined to link it to an anti-Muslim video that drew protests elsewhere in the region, transcripts of briefings show.

The administration’s initial accounts, however, changed dramatically in the following days, according to a review of briefing transcripts and administration statements, with a new narrative emerging Sept. 16 when U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice asserted in a series of TV appearances that the best information available indicated that the attack had spun off from a protest over the video.

What prompted that pivot remains a mystery amid a closely contested presidential election and Republican allegations that President Barack Obama intentionally used outrage over the video to mask administration policy missteps that led to the deaths of four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens

Can there be any doubt? These "senior Obama administration officials" had not yet gotten the memo.

They had forgotten that Obama’s campaign had been touting Obama’s single-handed defeat of Al Qaeda. They didn’t realize that they could not admit that our consulate and been overrun and four of our citizens, including an Ambassador, had been killed by Al Qaeda.

That would not be good optics.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, October 19th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “CIA Station Chief Reported Terrorism In 24 Hrs”

  1. Right of the People says:

    Obama lied when people died! I’m not sure but this sure sounds like it’s an impeachable offense not that there aren’t many others.

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