Drudge: He Knew
(Reuters) – Officials at the White House and State Department were advised two hours after attackers assaulted the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11 that an Islamic militant group had claimed credit for the attack, official emails show.
The emails, obtained by Reuters from government sources not connected with U.S. spy agencies or the State Department and who requested anonymity, specifically mention that the Libyan group called Ansar al-Sharia had asserted responsibility for the attacks.
The Diplomad 2.0 has some insight to the issues.
The Benghazi Emails, and Some Speculation on What It All means
FOX and others have obtained a series of UNCLASSIFIED real-time email messages from Tripoli back to the DS OP Center that showed that the Embassy was aware of a terrorist attack on the facility in Benghazi. Those messages were shot around to a wide range of people in Washington in a number of agencies. I am sure that in addition to these messages were many classified emails, cables, and phone calls, as well as real time video both from the facility and, apparently, from a UAV platform. There is no way that senior levels of the National Command Authority (NCA) could not have known what has happening in Benghazi.
More HERE, but this is most interesting:
What is also becoming clearer, at least to me, from conversations, and bits of this and that I am reading, that we seemed to be cooking up some sort of an arms transfer from Libyan groups to Syrian groups via Turkey. I can’t prove it, but that seems a very likely scenario and would help explain the presence in Benghazi of Stevens, the “senior” Turkish diplomat, and the ex-SEALs who were working with a contractor to find and secure MANPADS. [Man-portable air-defense systems (MANPADS or MPADS) are shoulder-launched surface-to-air missiles (SAMs)] To whom exactly those weapons might be going, I have no idea, and do not know what if any relation or reaction the attackers had to any possible arms transfer deals being negotiated. The possible combinations are so numerous that it is not worth speculating; I won’t.
If any of this is true, that could be a motive for the misadministration to try to lie about and divert attention from Benghazi developments. We might have on our hands a “Fast and Furious” scandal mated with an “Iran-Contra”scandal, and all on steroids.
Now you know why Romney did not get involved. The truth is coming out with out any help from him. It is going to be a tough week for President Obama, as the details leak into the news. Stay Tuned. I highly recommend reading the Diplomad 2.0 he has the experience to put the news in perspective.