CNN, not exactly a bastion of Conservative thought, dropped a bombshell on Thursday. They issued an exclusive, saying that sources have informed them that: “…dozens of people working for the CIA were on the ground that night, and that the agency is going to great lengths to make sure whatever it was doing, remains a secret…the CIA is involved in what one source calls an unprecedented attempt to keep the spy agency’s Benghazi secrets from ever leaking out.” That is only the tip of the iceberg.
Inside sources, speaking to CNN, went much further. They provided information that CIA operatives having served in Libya during the Benghazi debacle have been subjected, sometimes monthly, to polygraph tests since January, 2013. The sole purpose of those tests is intended to discover whether or not errant CIA agents are blabbing to the press or to Congress. What is worse, CNN’s sources claim that 35 Americans, with as many as 7 wounded, were on the ground in Benghazi. How many of those involved were actually CIA operatives remains a secret.
Puzzling, considering that CIA spokesman, Dan Boyd, issued a statement protesting the agency’s absolute cooperation with Congress:
The CIA has worked closely with its oversight committees to provide them with an extraordinary amount of information related to the attack on U.S. facilities in Benghazi … CIA employees are always free to speak to Congress if they want. 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.
Too bad that pronouncement is being contested. CNN describes what is happening as as “pure intimidation with the threat that any unauthorized CIA employee who leaks information could face the end of his or her career” and quotes one of their sources: “You have no idea the amount of pressure being brought to bear on anyone with knowledge of this operation. You don’t jeopardize yourself, you jeopardize your family as well.” Mr. Boyd may have ample opportunity to choke on his words.