Should David Petraeus have been forced to resign? Well that depends. On one hand, a president of the United States had an affair in the oval office then lied about it to a grand jury…he wasn’t forced to resign. On the other hand if the story about his mistress Paula Broadwell revealing classified information during a speech to her Alma Mater, and she got that info from Petraeus, then indeed the hero of the Iraq surge should have been booted out and disgraced.
At an Oct. 26 speech at her alma mater, the University of Denver, Paula Broadwell was asked about Petraeus’ handling of the Benghazi situation (her entire appearance has been embedded below. Broadwell started by quoting a Fox News report the made the same day “The facts that came out today were that the ground forces there at the CIA annex, which is different from the consulate, were requesting reinforcements.”
But she went on:
“Now, I don’t know if a lot of you heard this, but the CIA annex had actually, um, had taken a couple of Libyan militia members prisoner and they think that the attack on the consulate was an effort to try to get these prisoners back. So that’s still being vetted.”
Apparently that bit of intelligence by Ms. Broadwell may indeed be true:
In the original Oct. 26 Fox News report, sources at the annex said that the CIA’s Global Response Staff had handed over three Libyan militia members to the Libyan authorities who came to rescue the 30 Americans in the early hours of Sept. 12.
A well-placed Washington source confirms to Fox News that there were Libyan militiamen being held at the CIA annex in Benghazi and that their presence was being looked at as a possible motive for the staged attack on the consulate and annex that night.
According to multiple intelligence sources who have served in Benghazi, there were more than just Libyan militia members who were held and interrogated by CIA contractors at the CIA Annex in the days prior to the attack. Other prisoners from additional countries in Africa and the Middle East were brought to this location.
The Libya annex was the largest CIA station in North Africa, and two weeks prior to the attack, the CIA was preparing to shut it down. Most prisoners, according to British and American intelligence sources, had been moved two weeks earlier.
So the questions remains, was the Benghazi attack an al Qaeda “prison break?” If so, how did Ms. Broadwell find out? Is this more evidence that the Obama administration is lying to the American people? Stay tuned.