CIA denies Broadwell claim of “secret prison” in Benghazi annex

posted at 9:41 am on November 12, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

This seems like a pretty good reason to push the David Petraeus-Paula Broadwell affair from a boys-club peccadillo into a resignation-worthy event.  According to a transcript of a speech by Broadwell at the University of Denver the week before the election, Broadwell told an audience that the reason for the September 11 attack on the Benghazi consulate was neither a YouTube video nor a celebration of the anniversary of 9/11, but a prison escape for jihadis secretly held by the CIA in its nearby annex.

Late last night, the CIA denied this report of a secret prison in its now-abandoned Benghazi facility:

The Central Intelligence Agency denied charges Sunday that its annex in Benghazi, Libya secretly held a few jihadi prisoners until it was destroyed in the Sept. 11, 2012 attack. Paula Broadwell, the girlfriend then-CIA chief Gen. David Petraeus, made that claim during an Oct. 26 speech in Denver, Colo.

“I don’t know if a lot of you have heard this, but the CIA annex had actually 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,” Broadwell declared during the speech, at the University of Denver.

“That’s still being vetted,” she added.

The CIA’s denial came just hours after Arutz Sheva, an Israeli news outlet, first published a partial transcript of Broadwell’s speech. By midnight Sunday, intelligence reporters with both The Daily Beast and The Washington Post were reporting and tweeting, respectively, that the CIA said her claim was false.

If it was still being vetted, as Broadwell claims, then how did she know about it?  Sources, apparently, and that certainly raises the question of whether her paramour either communicated or confirmed that to her.  Remember that, in the WSJ piece I linked earlier, the FBI conducted a second interview with Broadwell on November 2nd, the Thursday before the election, and seven days after that speech in Denver.

Broadwell’s allegation doesn’t make a lot of sense, though.  First, the terrorists knew where the CIA annex was; they attacked it with what appears to be a well-planned assault after they sacked the consulate.  Why not attack the annex first if that’s where the secret prison was, especially since the terrorists must have expected the consulate to get significant military support from the annex?  And why would the CIA hold anyone in Benghazi, where security had rapidly deteriorated over the preceding months?  Better to transport any detainees to Tripoli or out of the country entirely.  Of course, why would we have kept our consulate in Benghazi open under those circumstances, too, without enhancing security?

Either way, the speech might have forced the FBI and the DoJ into taking some action on Petraeus if they became aware of these allegations, and might have prompted a new investigation into Broadwell’s proximity to classified material.  If so, then the need for Petraeus to resign when he did becomes more clear.


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Fox News did all that work to uncover the lies and coverups over Benghazi, I hope it doesn’t get overshadowed by secrets being spilled by a scorned lover. Oh wait…

scalleywag on November 12, 2012 at 11:58 AM

West Point turns out the human garbage that is Petraeus and Broadwell. Time to tear it down.

crash72 on November 12, 2012 at 12:00 PM

At this point I would think the CIA has a lot more reason to lie than she does, and is a lot more practiced at it.

VorDaj on November 12, 2012 at 12:02 PM

There is more than a bunny being boiled in the kitchen by this woman. I can just imagine the scenario with the sweat beads on Jarretts and Axelrod’s heads as they pace the oval office swearing at each other about what the next plan is to shut the Lybia thing up. Editorial boards are in turmoil wondering how can we cya Barry but not look like idiots (as we always do) doing it?

wepeople on November 12, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Maybe P4 and Broadwell set a trap for obama and his media.

They promised media sex , but are giving them a story that topples Obama.

the horror… the horror…

the_nile on November 12, 2012 at 12:02 PM

Apparently the FBI finds nothing wrong with a private citizen having “classified documents” on their computer.

The investigation was wrapped up 4 days before the election.

The timing of the release of this information was not political.

Nothing to see here, so just move along and shut up you RWNJ’s. //

Flora Duh on November 12, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Fox News did all that work to uncover the lies and coverups over Benghazi, I hope it doesn’t get overshadowed by secrets being spilled by a scorned lover. Oh wait…

scalleywag on November 12, 2012 at 11:58 AM

I’m split here , maybe sex is what will force media to cover it.

the_nile on November 12, 2012 at 12:07 PM

Hypothetical: Patraeus and Broadwell did not have an affair, but are both patriots who would/could not go along with CIA/administration black ops including gun-running and rendition – Barky’s administration is attempting to silence both but will try to destroy their character and credibility first (including the use of faked emails), having already achieved their first task of putting all of this off until after the election.

Prove or disprove. Discuss.

bofh on November 12, 2012 at 12:08 PM

If there WAS/IS a secret CIA prison in Benghazi the liberals who just re-elected the president are going to go ape s#$t.

scalleywag on November 12, 2012 at 10:18 AM

No, they won’t. It may be a secret prison, but it is Obama’s secret prison. Since he is president no liberal cares about Guantanamo any more.

Gelsomina on November 12, 2012 at 12:09 PM

Hostage for prisoner swap gone bad?

faraway on November 12, 2012 at 12:10 PM

bofh on November 12, 2012 at 12:08 PM

K.T. McFarland said that when she was in Afghanistan, either late last year or earlier this year, I can’t remember, there were rumors over there of something more than just friendship going on between Patraeus and Broadwell.

Flora Duh on November 12, 2012 at 12:13 PM

I’m split here , maybe sex is what will force media to cover it.

the_nile on November 12, 2012 at 12:07 PM

This sex is a gift from God. MSM ‘s viewers will demand every salacious detail….right down to the blackmail from the voyeurs in the White House.

gracie on November 12, 2012 at 12:14 PM

Apparently the FBI finds nothing wrong with a private citizen having “classified documents” on their computer.

Flora Duh on November 12, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Do you know her clearance level?

faraway on November 12, 2012 at 12:14 PM

Prove or disprove. Discuss.

bofh on November 12, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Petraeus puts the Koran, or as he calls it “The Holy Qur’an”, over the United States Constitution. End of discussion.

VorDaj on November 12, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Paula: “I’m also a military reservist with a top secret/SCI clearance and then some”

Remain calm!

faraway on November 12, 2012 at 12:19 PM

West Point turns out the human garbage that is Petraeus and Broadwell. Time to tear it down.

crash72 on November 12, 2012 at 12:00 PM

oh? why thank you very much.
@Eisenhower…

ted c on November 12, 2012 at 12:21 PM

Paula: “I’m also a military reservist with a top secret/SCI clearance and then some

Kis that goodbye. You are a blithering idiot, unable to keep yor legs crossed or your mouth shut.

katy the mean old lady on November 12, 2012 at 12:25 PM

oh? why thank you very much.
@Eisenhower…

ted c on November 12, 2012 at 12:21 PM

Snort

katy the mean old lady on November 12, 2012 at 12:26 PM

I’m just wondering how a General with Patraeus’ background could be so careless and stupid. Did he think he was too big to fall? I have a feeling this woman isn’t finished with him, not by a long shot.

Gelsomina on November 12, 2012 at 12:09 PM

I know, that should have had a sarc tag on it, I don’t know what I was thinking. Wishfully I guess.

scalleywag on November 12, 2012 at 12:31 PM

Why not attack the annex first if that’s where the secret prison was, especially since the terrorists must have expected the consulate to get significant military support from the annex?

Seriously? Have you never heard of a diversion?

Nutstuyu on November 12, 2012 at 12:31 PM

Apparently the FBI finds nothing wrong with a private citizen having “classified documents” on their computer.

Flora Duh on November 12, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Do you know her clearance level?

faraway on November 12, 2012 at 12:14 PM

My wife has TS (she’s in the AF) and can’t have any classified docs on her personal computer, under any circumstances. None. Only on the work stations or DoD encripted laptops that they travel with.

jimver on November 12, 2012 at 12:32 PM

But it was ok when George Bush did it.

Dante on November 12, 2012 at 12:45 PM

But it was ok when George Bush did it.

Dante on November 12, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Aww, you still having S&M/waterboarding fantasies with Bush :)…

jimver on November 12, 2012 at 12:51 PM

Are you suggesting there was a consensus on Hot Air about Gen. Petraeus? We just go all weak in the knees over a guy in uniform?

Cindy Munford on November 12, 2012 at 11:09 AM

No but there were more than a few threads about Petraeus and comments suggesting he would be a good pres/vp pick. Just as there were some Democrats who felt Edwards would be a good Pres/vp. In both cases their human failings got the better of them and each party was fortunate those sentiments didn’t become a consensus.

Bradky on November 12, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Benedict Obama is the Teflon Don on all this, thanks to the Obama Enemy media. They will not report or even ask questions on any subject that might lead to the Treason perpetrated by the Butcher of Benghazi! These BS deflections about an affair is pointless BS and serves only to distract from the Arming of Al-Qaeda by the Traitor-in-chief and the collusion of the eSTAB repubs. They are bound and determined to get the Islamo-Fascists on their side and it’s the most Idiotically Naive and Suicidal position they can take. It’s like all libs, refusing to learn from history. The Muslim Terrorists will use them until they are strong enough to attack & then all bets are off. If the Terrorists find themselves on the losing end, they will again call for a truce until they can re-arm and start the war again. this has been going on for 1400yrs and you morons can’t learn from this? I have real doubts about the intelligence of these eSTAb repubs!
Fight the Obama Enemy media or Kiss the Constitution Goodbye: http://paratisiusa.blogspot.com/2012/09/an-open-letter-to-those-who-should-know.html?spref=tw

God Bless America!

paratisi on November 12, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Prove or disprove. Discuss.

bofh on November 12, 2012 at 12:08 PM

file away with birther, truther, and vince foster conspiracists.

Bradky on November 12, 2012 at 1:05 PM

Dante on November 12, 2012 at 12:45 PM

When George Bush did what?

Cindy Munford on November 12, 2012 at 1:09 PM

bofh on November 12, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Haven’t they both admitted to the affair? The fact that this is such a convoluted mess that we will probably not ever know the real truth, I’m reluctant to think everyone is lying about goofy stuff.

Cindy Munford on November 12, 2012 at 1:12 PM

Dante on November 12, 2012 at 12:45 PM

When George Bush did what?

Cindy Munford on November 12, 2012 at 1:09 PM

That was my question too, but then I figured that it was just Dante being Dante…I guess he meant that CIA under Bush kept prisoners too at foreign locations, or something like is….the whole rendition thing…

jimver on November 12, 2012 at 1:13 PM

Apparently the FBI finds nothing wrong with a private citizen having “classified documents” on their computer.

Flora Duh on November 12, 2012 at 12:06 PM</blockquote

I hope not. The FBI are civilians, too.

Dante on November 12, 2012 at 1:17 PM

I hope not. The FBI are civilians, too.
Dante on November 12, 2012 at 1:17 PM

So you’re admitting you don’t own any dictionaries?

Nutstuyu on November 12, 2012 at 1:22 PM

Can we start calling for Obummer’s a$$a$$ination now? I mean the Obamazombies did it on Twitter against Romney with no consequence, so what’s the big deal, right?

Nutstuyu on November 12, 2012 at 1:31 PM

West Point turns out the human garbage that is Petraeus and Broadwell. Time to tear it down.

crash72 on November 12, 2012 at 12:00 PM

The Cadet Corps are an outstanding group of young men and women who literally put duty, honor and country before wealth, comfort, fame or life itself. I am proud to have been associated with these young men and women as well as the serious professional instructors who shape them into future leaders. Crash72 have you ever even worked with these people? What do you know from your personal association that you can share with us. If it is nothing, as I suspect, then you should refrain from such ignorant calumnies.

KW64 on November 12, 2012 at 1:36 PM

Given the information Broadwell revealed, I have to wonder if the harassing emails were really sent by her or is someone trying to frame her as mentally unstable in order to discredit any information she puts out to the public.

Christina_M on November 12, 2012 at 1:39 PM

Do we ever know why CIA does what it does? That organization seems to be out of control. It seems they have done everything wrong for the past 15 years. From 9/11 to Iraq to Benghazi…I have no confidence in them.

legalimmigrant on November 12, 2012 at 1:58 PM

If there was a secret CIA prison at the annex in Benghazi, it could explain the huge delay the FBI encountered when trying to access the facility.

Idfaciam on November 12, 2012 at 2:12 PM

What was the official date the DOJ FBI became involved?

What was the specific date of the authorization for gmail intercept?

When did Ms Kelly receive “emails”? How many and what are the dates?

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Romney is believed to have secretly met with the four-star general in New Hampshire.

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luckybogey on November 12, 2012 at 2:14 PM

Nutstuyu on November 12, 2012 at 1:31 PM

Not just no, HELL NO! And I’ll be surprised if you don’t get banned for that comment.

Flora Duh on November 12, 2012 at 2:21 PM

Haven’t they both admitted to the affair? The fact that this is such a convoluted mess that we will probably not ever know the real truth, I’m reluctant to think everyone is lying about goofy stuff.

Cindy Munford on November 12, 2012 at 1:12 PM

Yeah, they probably did have the affair. But for that matter, what good would denying it do, at this point, even if it was false – the public isn’t about to believe a denial now.

I’m not trying to go into tinfoil-hat territory, but it’s just awfully easy to fake emails and plant destructive stories in the press – remember who the LSM are, after all. And, if it did happen, an adulterous affair doesn’t necessarily disprove any of the important stuff.

Remember, this is tied up with spooks and what they do.

bofh on November 12, 2012 at 2:29 PM

Do we ever know why CIA does what it does? That organization seems to be out of control. It seems they have done everything wrong for the past 15 years. From 9/11 to Iraq to Benghazi…I have no confidence in them.

legalimmigrant on November 12, 2012 at 1:58 PM

They’re spooks. I don’t think you’d hear about anything that they’ve done right.

bofh on November 12, 2012 at 2:32 PM

Soooo… General Betrayus after all?

Dante on November 12, 2012 at 2:50 PM

Apparently the FBI finds nothing wrong with a private citizen having “classified documents” on their computer.

Flora Duh on November 12, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Do you know her clearance level?

faraway on November 12, 2012 at 12:14 PM

She had a SCIF in her house for her personal computer?

Oh, you don’t know what you are talking about. Never mind.

cptacek on November 12, 2012 at 3:55 PM

jimver on November 12, 2012 at 1:13 PM

That George Bush was amazing. When he wasn’t choreographing pyramids for the Abu Ghraib crew, he was inventing new out of country interrogation locations, never consider before in history. I assume he is one of those folks rudely called an idiot savant.

Cindy Munford on November 12, 2012 at 4:14 PM

Not one “conservative” outraged over CIA secret prisons.

Dante on November 12, 2012 at 4:31 PM

Dante on November 12, 2012 at 4:31 PM

Tell you what. Go read “The Corruption Chronicles” by judicial watch and then come back and tell us how outraged you are by the Clinton, Bush and Obama administrations.
Unless you can objectively look at every administration irt our progressive loss of privacy and freedom you are just another hack who can only see the current headlines.
As a country we have willingly ceded powers to the executive branch that should never have been ceded and allowed them to expand eavesdropping on our communications and activities to unprecedented levels.

Bradky on November 12, 2012 at 4:42 PM

Not one “conservative” outraged over CIA secret prisons.

Dante on November 12, 2012 at 4:31 PM

And not one ‘libertarian’ or ‘liberal’ either.

Mitsouko on November 12, 2012 at 4:46 PM

She had a SCIF in her house for her personal computer?

Oh, you don’t know what you are talking about. Never mind.

cptacek on November 12, 2012 at 3:55 PM

heh!

ted c on November 12, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Tell you what. Go read “The Corruption Chronicles” by judicial watch and then come back and tell us how outraged you are by the Clinton, Bush and Obama administrations.
Unless you can objectively look at every administration irt our progressive loss of privacy and freedom you are just another hack who can only see the current headlines.
As a country we have willingly ceded powers to the executive branch that should never have been ceded and allowed them to expand eavesdropping on our communications and activities to unprecedented levels.

Bradky on November 12, 2012 at 4:42 PM

Why do you assume I’m not outraged regarding those administrations? It doesn’t matter whom the president this; we should not have secret prisons, and we should not be allowing the CIA to operate as they are. In fact, the agency should be shut down entirely.

Dante on November 12, 2012 at 5:02 PM

And not one ‘libertarian’ … either.

Mitsouko on November 12, 2012 at 4:46 PM

Oh, but that’s not true at all.

Dante on November 12, 2012 at 5:02 PM

In fact, the agency should be shut down entirely.

Dante on November 12, 2012 at 5:02 PM

Your outrage is directed specifically at the CIA prisons used to house terrorists overseas. First and foremost you have made it clear that is your beef. To my knowledge you have never expressed any concern about what our government is doing at home to its citizens. And your belief that the CIA is the culprit shows how little you do understand about the issue.

Bradky on November 12, 2012 at 5:07 PM

Your outrage is directed specifically at the CIA prisons used to house terrorists overseas. First and foremost you have made it clear that is your beef. To my knowledge you have never expressed any concern about what our government is doing at home to its citizens. And your belief that the CIA is the culprit shows how little you do understand about the issue.

Bradky on November 12, 2012 at 5:07 PM

My outrage is rightly directed specifically at the United States government.

I couldn’t care less what you think is to your knowledge or not.

Dante on November 12, 2012 at 8:11 PM

Seems to me the terrorist attacked the consulate first to draw the CIA into the fight, then follow them back to their annex/secret prison to continue the attack there. That’s why the CIA told them to stand down, as not to give away their exact position.

That’s the only way this story makes any sense to me.

HornHiAceDeuce on November 12, 2012 at 8:18 PM

My outrage is rightly directed specifically at the United States government.

I couldn’t care less what you think is to your knowledge or not.

Dante on November 12, 2012 at 8:11 PM

Then why do you always use the “but Bush” qualifier?

Bradky on November 12, 2012 at 10:59 PM

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