Attorney for U.S. whistleblower: 400 surface-to-air missiles were stolen from Benghazi

posted at 11:21 am on August 13, 2013 by Allahpundit

Via Breitbart and the Daily Mail, seven minutes from Joe DiGenova’s chat with WMAL yesterday. The key bit comes at 3:25, after he points out that Obama’s arguably guilty of contempt of court for publicly acknowledging a sealed indictment against the Benghazi attackers at his presser on Friday.

This isn’t the first time that someone with inside info has floated the theory that SAMs were key to what the CIA was doing in Benghazi. CNN mentioned that too in its big scoop about agents allegedly being intimidated into silence, although the SAM connection was mentioned as speculation going around on Capitol Hill, not something that CNN itself was substantiating. Anyway, two points to bear in mind while you listen. One: DiGenova never specifically says that the SAMs were stolen during the attack or that they were removed from the CIA annex. He does say that it’s “clear” that the annex was “somehow involved” in distributing the missiles, but that’s as specific as he gets. It occurs to me that if the missiles were being kept at the annex and that the Benghazi attack was really an operation by jihadis to steal them, it’s … odd that they would have attacked the consulate first. Maybe they thought the missiles were being kept at the consulate, under cover of diplomacy? Or maybe they just didn’t know that the annex was a CIA hub. That seems hard to believe, but there you go.

Two: Powerline’s written more than one post attempting to debunk the “CIA was shipping SAMs to Syria from Libya” theory of what happened, which caught fire after CNN’s report. A congressional source, presumably on the GOP side, told them that even he’s skeptical of that. Michael Ledeen speculated in an e-mail to Powerline that Syria had nothing to do with it; what probably happened, he thinks, is that the CIA was trying to collect some of the heavier weapons Libyan rebels had acquired during the war with Qaddafi. That makes more sense. It does seem odd that the CIA would choose a fragile, dangerous place like Benghazi as a base for running missiles to Syria when they could do it from Qatar or Jordan, say, instead. If Ledeen’s theory is right, that the CIA was actually trying to recoup weapons rather than hand them out, then the scandal is — as it really always has been — about the light security in place at the annex and consulate to defend an arsenal as dangerous as 400 SAMs. You can understand, then, why both Obama and the agency would be so tight-lipped about the truth. Stockpiling a nightmare weapon in the heart of a city crawling with jihadis and then failing to protect the cache from a terrorist assault is a titanic security blunder. If true, it’s a giant embarrassment for the CIA and would have been a damaging blow to Obama’s counterterror credentials before the election last year if known.

Note what DiGenova says about firing SAMs into buildings, not just at planes. He thinks that’s a contributing factor to the decision to close down U.S. embassies last week after Al Qaeda’s new terror threat. Exit question: If the SAM theory is true, did the Libyan rebels get those missiles from … us? I’m thinking no, since handing out a plane-killing weapon to a dubious “ally” while we were operating a no-fly zone seems too goofy even for O.

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The cover-up is worst than the crime….

Athos on August 13, 2013 at 11:30 AM

In the case of the Benghazi attack and carnage, it seems that the crime is as bad as the cover-up and vice-versa.

Lourdes on August 14, 2013 at 12:58 AM

The answer, of course, was the CIA-run weapons-running operation, delivering weapons – to include these rockets – to Jihadists in Syria. No US security in Benghazi before the 9/11/12 attack, no US. Response teams allowed in during the attack, & he FBI wasn’t even allowed in until more than a month later, after the CIA op had been shut down & completely cleaned up. 4 Americans were betrayed, abandoned, & sacrificed to die so Obama could try to hide the fact that he was providing weapons not only to terrorists in Syria but terrorists in Egypt and elsewhere across the Middle East…just as he did in Libya.

Of course this is not the 1st time an Obama gun-running operation resulted in the deaths of Americans. In Fast-and-Furious, Obama delivered 2,000automatic weapons & grenades to Drug Cartels, who used them to kill 300+ (and counting) people, to include an American Border Patrol Agent.

And Obama calls these ‘phony scandals…

easyt65 on August 14, 2013 at 12:10 AM

Tears for our country, our military and what’s left that is decent in our government.

That doesn’t include Obama.

Lourdes on August 14, 2013 at 12:59 AM

Obama said he’d stand with the Muslims if the time ever came.

Looks like that’s what he’s been doing, has done and can be anticipated to continue to do.

“With the Muslims” doesn’t mean with the needy on the corner of a city looking for smokes, either, it means with THE NATION of Islam.

Lourdes on August 14, 2013 at 1:01 AM

So I guess now we know why, out of all the real estate in the USA, Obama and wife live in a house on the same street with and within a few yards of Louis Farrakhan.

Lourdes on August 14, 2013 at 1:02 AM

It makes more sense that this was Hillary’s Fast and Furious. Since Holder got away with it in the US, she had little to fear. Her glee at the butchering of Gadaffi was unseemly and personal for someone who ought only to have a professional interest in foreign policy events.

Perhaps this (non) consulate had been a distribution center for some time for the immediate support of Libyan rebels and Egyptian Brotherhood types?

But then the weapons got in the hands of Morsi and others who don’t speak quite so sweetly to American officials.

What to do? Explain to the natives that they weren’t getting any more fire-water? That’s almost as bad as making them watch a blasphemous video.

There was a report that the Americans were destroying weapons at the facility … ah, that would explain what the weapons were doing there! After all, most friendly countries offer this weapons destruction capability as a standard part of the diplomatic bag-of-tricks. Yeah, sure.

virgo on August 14, 2013 at 1:38 AM

If the SAM theory is true, did the Libyan rebels get those missiles from … us? I’m thinking no, since handing out a plane-killing weapon to a dubious “ally” while we were operating a no-fly zone seems too goofy even for O.

Isn’t that how terrorists usually procure weapons? We provide them. Otherwise it would be unfair.

happytobehere on August 14, 2013 at 9:01 AM

What ever Hillary and Obama were up to in Benghazi; it was absolutely something they don’t want American voters to get wind of, it was worth sacrificing American lives by not sending in a rescue to keep unsecured eyes off of this crime… and it was worth pushing a lie about the YouTube to the world to get this through the election. That lie caused even more riots in the Middle East that got even more people killed. This is no phony scandal Obama but you should be commended for being the most devious spin-ster to ever occupy the WH.

Bert Convy on August 14, 2013 at 9:20 AM

For me the real question is how long before this regime is seen as illegitimate based on their actions in these various matters? Will it ever? We don’t even have an independent counsel or special prosecutor for any of this yet.

claudius on August 14, 2013 at 9:26 AM

When you have a cover up;
When you have an investigation which has concluded finding no wrong doing;
When you have an incident which results in only the person being upfront with Congress getting a demotion;
When you have a presidential election in which the current administration deprives the opposing party of correct facts to run their campaign on (foreign policy briefings given to Obama-according the President himself- and Romney during the election blamed “a video;”)
When the “talking points for the presidential campaign” are mixed up with the facts by someone the president works with every day but he does not fire them or name them;
When the President of the United States cannot say where he was or what he was doing while our Ambassador and his people fought off Islamist insurgents all night long;
When the President learns of the 9-11 death of the American Ambassador but gets on a plane for a campaign appearance/fund raiser on the West Coast instead of taking charge;
When the murdered Ambassador and his companions families are told by VP Biden and Secretary Clinton they they won’t rest until the person that made that video goes to jail;
When the journalists investigating the cover up are investigated with more effort than the perpetrators themselves; when the FBI does not investigate the murder of an American Ambassador for three weeks;
When Lindsay Graham has to get on a plane and go to Libya himself and he is the first person to ask any questions;
When a mysterious someone releases distracting information during a presidential campaign about General Petreus having an affair with his biographer;
When the administration says they already concluded their investigation, drew no conclusions from it, fired no one, changed no policy regarding saving our heros on the ground, and yet they are not ready for the next threat on an American Embassy;
oh at this point, what difference does it make?

Gee, Madame Secretary, it makes a difference to me…A person like this, can NEVER be trusted to be president, the media needs to start refering to her as embattled Secretary Clinton, beleaguered Secretary Clinton, and disgraced Secretary Clinton. You know, the way they attached names to Mitt Romney when he pursued questions on foreign policy, said he jumped the gun and was out of his mind for suggesting it was a terrorist attack and the administration did a poor job. I am waiting.

Fleuries on August 14, 2013 at 9:45 AM

I believe Madame Secretary’s plan was to give them missles so we could “overthrow Gaddafi on the cheep”. Benghazi was the botched attempt to cover it up.

bob4096 on August 14, 2013 at 12:50 PM

When the first plane is shot down by one of these missiles they can play Hillary screeching:

At this point, what difference does it make?!!

profitsbeard on August 15, 2013 at 1:27 AM

Like we need anymore examples to prove this is the most inept insidious administration evah!!

Deano1952 on August 13, 2013 at 11:58 AM


profitsbeard on August 15, 2013 at 1:38 AM

At least one of the known suspects in the attack had been in an Egyptian prison a week or so before, released on orders from Morsi.

One of the puzzling aspects is how bad a screw-up it must have been to attempt to cover the whole thing with that video protest nonsense, and to stonewall even after the election. If the MB Egyptian government we applauded into power were behind the attack, it explains a lot.

Adjoran on August 15, 2013 at 6:33 AM

There is a film (TWA Flight 800) that claims we have been lied to for over 17 years about Flight 800.

400 surface-to-air missiles?

F***ing Yikes!

Between the TSA gropers giving me a prostate exam and muzzie nutcases murdering people to get 72 virgins, I am very glad to never fly again.

thejackal on August 15, 2013 at 7:13 AM