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US Knew It Was Al Qaeda Attack ‘Within A Day’

From, of all places, the Daily Beast:

U.S. Officials Knew Libya Attacks Were Work of Al Qaeda Affiliates

By Eli Lake | Sep 26, 2012

Sources say intelligence agencies knew within a day that al Qaeda affiliates were behind the attacks in Benghazi, Libya—they even knew where one of the attackers lived.

Within 24 hours of the 9-11 anniversary attack on the United States consulate in Benghazi, U.S. intelligence agencies had strong indications al Qaeda–affiliated operatives were behind the attack, and had even pinpointed the location of one of those attackers. Three separate U.S. intelligence officials who spoke to The Daily Beast said the early information was enough to show that the attack was planned and the work of al Qaeda affiliates operating in Eastern Libya.

Nonetheless, it took until late last week for the White House and the administration to formally acknowledge that the Benghazi assault was a terrorist attack. On Sunday, Obama adviser Robert Gibbs explained the evolving narrative as a function of new information coming in quickly on the attacks. "We learned more information every single day about what happened,” Gibbs said on Fox News. “Nobody wants to get to the bottom of this faster than we do.”

This really is flabbergasting. And not the news itself, which should have been obvious to a four year old child. But it is flabbergasting that this is being reported by the former news outlet Newsweek, which has now been absorbed by the Daily Beast.

The intelligence officials who spoke to The Daily Beast did so anonymously because they weren’t authorized to speak to the press. They said U.S. intelligence agencies developed leads on four of the participants of the attacks within 24 hours of the fire fight that took place mainly at an annex near the Benghazi consulate. For one of those individuals, the U.S. agencies were able to find his location after his use of social media. “We had two kinds of intelligence on one guy,” this official said. “We believe we had enough to target him.”

Another U.S. intelligence official said, “There was very good information on this in the first 24 hours. These guys have a return address. There are camps of people and a wide variety of things we could do.”

A spokesman for the National Security Council declined to comment for the story. But another U.S. intelligence official said, “I can’t get into specific numbers but soon after the attack we had a pretty good bead on some individuals involved in the attack.”

It’s unclear whether any of these suspected attackers have been targeted or arrested, and intelligence experts caution that these are still early days in a complex investigation.

The question of what the White House knew, and when they knew it, will be of keen interest to members of Congress in the election year

Will Congress even be meeting again before after the elections? In any case, we can be sure it won’t be of "keen interest" to the news media.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, September 27th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “US Knew It Was Al Qaeda Attack ‘Within A Day’”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    The burned out consulate building and the deaths of our people are clear proof of the insane folly of gun control

    Hillary is four square for gun control
    She insisted no guns at the consulate, only foreign “security teams” so we would not be provocative

    Our people are dead

    Ipso Facto

  2. canary says:

    Hillary keeps trying to come clean but Obama, but Panetta and now General Dempsey poetry excerpt writing Obama’s memoirs is being told to shoot his mouth off again.

    Wonder what he’ll get paid for his moonlighting job. Probably drinking Obama beer while he
    writes the worst version of military history in since the beginning of the world.

    Shame shame.

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