The Central Intelligence Agency this week released a timeline of its actions regarding the Benghazi attack on 9/11/12. If you read the timeline closely, as Brett Baier does, you’ll find the smoking gun:
“1:15 a.m.: CIA reinforcements arrive on a 45-minute flight from Tripoli in a plane they’ve hastily chartered. The Tripoli team includes four GRS security officers, a CIA case officer and two U.S. military personnel who are on loan to the agency. They don’t leave Benghazi airport until 4:30. The delay is caused by negotiations with Libyan authorities over permission to leave the airport, obtaining vehicles, and the need to frame a clear mission plan. The first idea is to go to a Benghazi hospital to recover Stevens, who they correctly suspect is already dead. But the hospital is surrounded by the Al Qaeda-linked Ansar al-Shariah militia that mounted the consulate attack.”
So the U.S. Ambassador to Libya is at the Benghazi hospital and suspected dead. The CIA contractors know that, but they can’t get there because the hospital is surrounded by the Al Qaeda-linked group Ansar al Shariah, the “militia that mounted the consulate attack.”
This goes up the chain communication at 1:15 a.m. on Sept. 12. The White House, the Situation Room, and all of those paying attention to intel channels know that the guys on the ground have determined the group that’s behind this. It’s the Al Qaeda-linked militia that are still fighting and have the hospital surrounded.
About 12 hours later – before heading to Las Vegas for a campaign event – Obama sits down for that “60 Minutes” interview with Steve Kroft. [Fox News, November 5]
That would be the interview in which Obama says he isn’t sure the attack was an act of terrorism. The key portion of that interview was not released by CBS News until two days before the election. Three days after the attack, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told the press that the administration had no information to suggest the attack was preplanned. [Washington Times, October 11]