Dozens of CIA operatives on ground during Benghazi attack

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    http://thelead.blogs.cnn.com/2013/08/01/exclusive-dozens-of-cia-operatives-on-the-ground-during-benghazi-attack/?hpt=hp_c2

    from the article:

    CNN has uncovered exclusive new information about what is allegedly happening at the CIA, in the wake of the deadly Benghazi terror attack.

    Four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens, were killed in the assault by armed militants last September 11 in eastern Libya.

    Sources now tell CNN 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.

    CNN has learned the CIA is involved in what one source calls an unprecedented attempt to keep the spy agency's Benghazi secrets from ever leaking out.
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    We actually heard about this at the very beginning. I remember explicitly commenting on this very issue. CNN might have some more definitive info, but this was absolutely out there already.

    And I am not generally opposed to the CIA going to great lengths to keep it secret. That's there job and perhaps exposing such a secret could get others killed.
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    and of course keeping it quiet protects your prezBO
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    I don't know if it protects the POTUS but it could conceivably protect other CIA personnel.
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    More likely because protects individuals in the CIA, meaning our spies/operatives. How would keeping it quiet help the president? There's nothing inherently illegal about the CIA having operatives in Libya. And it was known we were helping them. But given that this is such a tough corner of the world, our help can't always be overt, so covert operations are the only way to do it; and in this way, why would we want to expose our operatives to danger?
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    because ptezBO was mia during the whole thing
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    The Behghazi compound was a CIA outpost, not an embassy. The details are news but the apparent import is not.
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    I highly doubt the CIA had "dozens" of operatives on the ground in Libya because that's just not how they operate. Teams are designed to be small to make it easier to blend in and get away quickly, if necessary.

    And it's far more likely that the agency is being secretive because that's just how they are. Every single media outlet out there is looking to identify people who might know...and a CIA operative talking to the press about what happened will also dramatically increase the likelihood of spillage (an institutional paranoia) and reveal subtle things that the agency doesn't want people to know.
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    Don't let any actual facts affect your anti-Obama narrative. Your "Obama is the devil" jihad still has about three years to ramp up to a fanatic conclusion before it loses its focus. :wink:

    This is SOP for the CIA no matter who is in the oval office. The CIA was probably there distributing weapons to various factions fighting the Syrian or Libyan regimes. I suspect these were largely locals or non-us operatives working on the CIA payroll. It would still be embarrassing and a slap in the face for the world to find out the US has been supplying arms to groups with questionable morals who could easily end up future terror groups or part of a rogue Islamic government.
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    cons/GOP tend to not be overly concerned about safety of CIA personnel in foreign countries---

    as evidenced by the Plame matter
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    Good Lord... they were running guns to Syrian rebels but didn't have time to help out Americans who where getting obliterated. Nice.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worl...-attacked.html

    The CIA has been subjecting operatives to monthly polygraph tests in an attempt to suppress details of a US arms smuggling operation in Benghazi that was ongoing when its ambassador was killed by a mob in the city last year, according to reports.

    The television network said that a CIA team was working in an annex near the consulate on a project to supply missiles from Libyan armouries to Syrian rebels.
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    Moc, just because they're in the CIA doesn't mean they have the training to fight off a determined attack from a numerically superior force.

    Not everyone in the CIA gets such training. In fact, very few do--and those are mostly former military anyway.
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    Love the selective second guessing. As if many other Americans - thousands actually - were not "in need of help" in Iraq and Afghanistan every day over the last decade and still are. Somehow these 4 poor souls in Libya are a national scandal. Gee, I wonder why.
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    In what "foreign country" was Valerie Plame in when her husband outed her?
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    Anyone else enjoying the bitter irony in this statement by THIS particular poster?
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    What if this was not a leget covert operation going on in Lybia?

    What if Obama was trying to run a scam like Reagan did back in the middle 80's?

    I always though that Contra Gate was just plain wrong.

    If we have another rouge operation going on it needs to be exposed and consequesnces need to be handed out.
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    And libs/dems apparently don't either, but they want to keep it their little secret.

    as evidenced by this coverup & phony scandal.
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    This administration mode of operation is to delay, stonewall, deny, distort and accuse. Look at the history of this administration, but of course its all a right wing conspiracy, nothing to see, just phony scandals. How's the koolaid tasting these days?

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