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Top Libyan Official: Insiders Aided Assault

From CBS News:

Official: Libyan insiders may have aided assault

Friday September 14, 2012

BENGHAZI, Libya — Heavily armed militants used a protest of an anti-Islam film as a cover and may have had help from inside Libyan security in their deadly attack on the U.S. Consulate, a senior Libyan official said Thursday…

Eastern Libya’s deputy interior minister, Wanis el-Sharef, said Thursday a mob first stormed the consulate Tuesday night and then, hours later, raided a safe house in the compound just as U.S. and Libyan security arrived to evacuate the staff. That suggested, el-Sharef said, that infiltrators within the security forces may have tipped off the militants to the safe house’s location.

The attacks were suspected to have been timed to coincide with the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist strike in the United States, el-Sharef added, with the militants using the film protest by Libyan civilians to mask their action…

El-Sharef said four people were arrested at their homes Thursday, but he refused to give any further details. He said it was too early to say if the suspects belonged to a particular group or what their motive was. Libya’s new prime minister, Mustafa Abu-Shakour, said authorities were looking for more suspects.

The FBI is also in Libya investigating the attack. A government official speaking on the condition of anonymity told CBS News the FBI is planning to send investigators to Germany to interview Libyan U.S. Consulate personnel who were evacuated there.

CBS News correspondent David Martin reports officials already have a prime suspect in the assault — a radical Islamic group called Ansar al Sharia. The name means "Supporters of Islamic law," and U.S. officials describe it as an offshoot of al Qaeda

But we have been told that Obama has destroyed Al Qaeda.

At a news conference Thursday night, Hani al-Mansouri, the spokesperson for Ansar al-Sharia, denied that the group or any of its men took part in the attack. He claimed angry protesters simply stormed the consulate after security guards barricaded inside opened fire to disperse the crowd…

Mr. Mansouri sounds like he works for our mainstream media. Maybe he is auditioning for a job.

Adding to the confusion surrounding the attack is that it targeted the United States, a nation that played a key role in ridding the oil-rich, mostly desert nation of dictator Muammar Qaddafi…

Oh, our sides. The US has gone to war six times to defend Muslims over the last few years. In fact, even though we went to war in Bosnia to defend Muslims, several of the 9/11 hijackers cited revenging Bosnia as their motives for their attack.

Stevens and another American were killed in the consulate during the initial violence, as plainclothes Libyan security were evacuating the consulate’s staff to the safe house about a mile away, el-Sharef said. The second assault took place several hours later and targeted the safe house — a villa inside the grounds of the city’s equestrian club — killing two Americans and wounding a number of Libyans and Americans.

The crowd built at the consulate — a one-story villa surrounded by a large garden in an upscale Benghazi neighborhood — in several stages, El-Sharef said. First, a small group of gunmen arrived, then civilians angry over the film. Later, heavily armed men with armored vehicles, some with rocket-propelled grenades, joined and the numbers swelled to more than 200.

The gunmen fired into the air outside the consulate. Libyan security guarding the site pulled out because they were so outmanned. "We thought there was no way for the protesters to storm the compound, which had fortified walls," he said.

Libyan security advised the Americans to evacuate at that point, but the advice was ignored, he said. There was shooting in the air from inside the consulate compound, he said.

At this point, el-Sharef continued, the crowd stormed the compound. The consulate was looted and burned, while plainclothes security men were sent to evacuate the personnel.

Stevens probably died of asphyxiation following a grenade explosion that started a fire, el-Sharef said, echoing what the Libyan doctor to whom Stevens’ body was taken told the AP on Wednesday.

His account was corroborated by local journalist Ibrahim Hadya, who was at the scene. He told the AP that the consulate was stormed just as the evacuation was under way, with staff members smuggled out a side door that opens to a street other than the one where the militants and protesters gathered.

U.S. officials have said attackers broke into the main consulate building around 10:15 p.m. and set the compound on fire. Amid the evacuation, Stevens became separated from others, and staffers and security who tried to find him were forced to flee by flames, smoke and gunfire. After an hour, according to U.S. officials, U.S. and Libyan officials drove the attackers from the consulate.

The next attack came hours later. Around 30 American staffers along with Libyans had been evacuated to the safe house while a plane arrived from Tripoli with a joint U.S.-Libyan security group that was to fly them back to the capital, el-Sharef said.

El-Sharef said the original plan was for a separate Libyan security unit to escort the evacuees to the airport. Instead, the joint unit went from the airport to the safe house, possibly because they were under the impression they were dealing with a hostage situation, he said. The militant attack coincided with the joint team’s arrival at the safe house, he said.

That the attackers knew the safe house’s location suggests a "spy" inside the security forces tipped off the militants, el Sharef said…

The real question here is why is this aspect of the story getting so little attention? And why is CBS the only media outlet investigating it?

After all, it speaks to the motivation, which we’re always told is the most important part. Especially, now, when the rest of the MSM is still trying to pin this on that 14 minute YouTube clip.

Could it be because this version of events does not fit the story the MSM wants to tell?

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Friday, September 14th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “Top Libyan Official: Insiders Aided Assault”

  1. Right of the People

    You’d have to be both blind and incredibly stupid not to think this was a planned event. It was about as spontaneous as an OWS rally

    And even if the remote possibility exists that this was caused by that movie, these morons need to grow up and stop getting all bent out of shape by every little thing they perceive as an insult to their religion of pieces. They remind me of the woman’s lib and the Gay/Lesbian crowd who feel insulted by every little thing.

  2. canary

    “”In Ceremonial speech honoring the Fallen American’s in Libya, Obama thanks thanks the Libyans and focuses on his leadership and determination to continue more work and outreach to the Muslim World.

    “I know that this awful loss, the terrible images of recent days, the pictures we’re seeing again today, have caused some to question this work. And there is no doubt these are difficult days. In moments such as this — so much anger and violence –even the most hopeful among us must wonder.

    But amid all of the images of this week, I also think of the Libyans who took to the streets with homemade signs expressing their gratitude to an American who believed in what we could achieve together. I think of the man in Benghazi with his sign in English, a message he wanted all of us to hear that said, “Chris Stevens was a friend to all Libyans. Chris Stevens was a friend.”

    That’s the message these four patriots sent. That’s the message that each of you sends every day — civilians, military — to people in every corner of the world, that America is a friend, and that we care not just about our own country, not just about our own interests, but about theirs; that even as voices of suspicion and mistrust seek to divide countries and cultures from one another, the United States of America will never retreat from the world. We will never stop working for the dignity and freedom that every person deserves, whatever their creed, whatever their faith.

    That’s the essence of American leadership. That’s the spirit that sets us apart from other nations. This was their work in Benghazi, and this is the work we will carry on. “”

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    Good propaganda from Obama and Libya to find a safe spot and pay people to hold up pro-America is our friend signs and pose for the cameras.

  3. wirenut

    I must be missing something here. In order to be a Whack-job-nutcase full-blown rioting terrorist, I need a cheap outlet
    for buying American flags. My guess is China. Yes folk’s, better than a blue tipped match. One strike, and you and your
    fellow savages will have a night filled with barbaric fun. Whew! Do they issue an American flag to burn to every terroist?

    • canary

      Well they ripped the American flag down and originally the media thought they put an Al-Qaeda flag up to replace it but turned out to be a true Islamic Flag that was the flag used in 700. A.D.

      Or was that in Egypt’s riot.

      Wirenut, maybe this replay of one of the greatest plays in baseball history will cheer you up. Really cool photos. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IrV8QPQAhxo

      So we probably have to have a big supply of U.S. flags in every muslim country in the world.

      Good for Obama he only took of his U.S. flag pin. What the heck is wrong with this country electing him with friends like Bill Ayers who should leave the country.


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