Earlier this month, I wrote an update covering the possibility survivors from Benghazi were being hidden or threatened and that there were dozens of CIA operatives on the ground the night of the attack. The White House, to date, has punted on whether or not witnesses were under duress, suffered threats or experiencing any retaliation.
Two weeks later, more bombshells have dropped including details from a whistleblower claiming 400 SAM’s (Surface to Air Missile) were at some point “diverted” to Libya and are now in the possession of ‘very ugly’ people. More on that later in the article. First, let’s look at other developments since my last installment that include Nakoula, charges filed and Victoria Nuland’s email accounts.
The Daily Caller landed an interview with the maker of the now infamous YouTube video blamed by the Obama administration for the attack in Benghazi. The DC spoke with Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, who expressed deep condolences and sympathy for the families who lost loved ones that night.
“Ambassador Chris Stevens, Information Officer Sean Smith, former Navy SEAL Tyrone Woods, and Glen Doherty and to every son who has lost his father, every mother or father who has their son, every person all over the world [who] lost his life or [was] injured because of the terrorism culture,” Nakoula writes in his foreword. “I would like to tell you you’re not forgotten.” – The Daily Caller
Nakoula also vowed to finish his film, complete with Mohammed committing Jihad and various sex acts that. The completion of the film with these details would depict the truth about Islam according to Nakoula, who also believes that future terrorists might be stopped if they were to be able to watch his movie. Nakoula went on to explain his motivations thusly:
“I love U.S.A. as my wife and I love Egypt as my mom,” he writes, turning to his native Egypt where Christian Egyptians are second-class citizens. “Fourteen hundred years ago the Arabians attacked Egypt and in the invasion they gave the Egyptians three choices: convert to Islam, pay extortion, get killed. The poor Egyptians converted to Islam because they were poor in faith and money. The middle class of Egyptians get killed but the rich Egyptians paid the extortion.”
First Criminal Charges Filed
It only took CNN interviewing a possible suspect for the U.S. Government file its first charges — nearly 11 months since the attack took place and President Obama vowing to bring those responsible to justice. Washington Free Beacon reported:
Federal authorities filed the first criminal charges in the investigation of the Sept. 11, 2012, terror attack in Benghazi, Libya, which left four Americans dead, CNN reports.
Several suspects were charged, including prominent Libya militia figure Ahmed Abu Khattala.
CNN interviewed Khattala, who denied involvement in the attack but admitted his presence in Benghazi. He said he has so far not been interviewed by Libyan authorities or the FBI.
Charles Krauthammer unleashed criticism of the timing of these charges, noting that media outlets have been in contact with a suspect but not the FBI who was tasked to handle finding the perpetrators. Krauthammer went on to point out the failure imminent in trying to treat Benghazi like a crime instead of an act of terror. Read more about Krauthammer’s comments at Washington Free Beacon. Video at FOX Nation.
CNN’s John King:
Video via article at Weekly Standard
Rep. Jason Chaffetz echoed some of King’s and Krauthammer’s sentiments, albeit a bit more strongly worded. Chaffetz took the administration’s announcement of charges to task, saying that this administration had not made Benghazi a top priority for 11 months. Nice Deb has more:
“It hasn’t been a top priority for this administration for 11 months”, he noted. “The most critical time for any investigation is the days and weeks right after. It took the FBI almost 18 days ton get to Benghazi. We’ve had numerous reporters from Fox News, WSJ, CNN go in to talk to one of these individuals…”
“There’s not much evidence that the Obama administration has been committed to bringing justice to the terrorists who killed four Americans,” Chaffetz concluded.
Oversight Committee Chairman, Darrel Issa, issued the following statement on the filings:
“If our government knows who perpetrated the attack that killed four Americans, it is critical that they be questioned and placed in custody of U.S. officials without delay,” said Chairman Issa. “Osama Bin Laden had been criminally charged long before the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks but was not apprehended. Delays in apprehending the suspected Benghazi killers will only put American lives at further and needless risk.”
Issa Issues Letter to Nuland
Rep. Darrell Issa sent a letter to Victoria Nuland demanding the materials requested in a May 28th subpoena be forthcoming. Issa stated that documents requested had not been turned over – specifically emails. Washington Free Beacon reported:
A key figure in the State Department’s Benghazi attack response team has become the central target in an email probe launched by House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R., Calif.).
Issa on Thursday demanded that Victoria Nuland, the State Department’s former spokeswoman and current nominee to be assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs, hand over every email she sent between Sept. 11, 2012 and Sept. 16, 2012.
Nuland played a key role in crafting the Obama administration’s response to the Benghazi, Libya attacks that killed four Americans. Congressional critics such as Issa believe that Nuland helped the White House obfuscate the true nature of the terrorist attacks in the days after it occurred.
While Nuland has released some emails sent during this period of time, Issa is demanding that she provide unredacted emails sent from both her official and private accounts.
As of late, this administration had come under fire for its repeated use of personal accounts to transact official business. The working theory behind use of such accounts would be to dodge subpoenas like that issued by Issa to Nuland on Benghazi. Currently, several departments have been proven to be using personal accounts including the EPA, DOE and IRS. Flashback: Jay Carney told us that all their work is done in work email accounts.
400 Missing Surface To Air Missiles
The theory that gun running or arms shipments being part of the events that unfolded in Benghazi might seemingly now be fact. Breitbart reports:
On August 12, Joe DiGenova, attorney for one of the Benghazi whistleblowers, told Washington D.C.’s WMAL that one of the reasons people have remained tight-lipped about Benghazi is because 400 U.S. missiles were “diverted to Libya” and ended up being stolen and falling into “the hands of some very ugly people.”
DiGenova represents Benghazi whistleblower Mark Thompson. He told WMAL that he “does not know whether [the missiles] were at the annex, but it is clear the annex was somehow involved in the distribution of those missiles.”
Here is the audio linked in the Breitbart article from the WMAL radio show:
Joe DiGenova, a former U.S. attorney who now represents Mark Thompson, one of the so-called “Benghazi whistleblowers” who testified before Congress last spring, says he’s been told that some “very ugly people” had stolen the missiles, and that the Benghazi annex played a key role in the theft.
“I do not know whether [the missiles] were at the annex, but it is clear the annex was somehow involved in the process of the distribution of those missiles,” said DiGenova in an interview Monday with WMAL’s Mornings On The Mall.
How did DiGenova get this information? He told WMAL that ever since he and his wife and law partner, Victoria Toensing, began representing the Benghazi whistleblowers last spring, they have been contacted by several people eager to share information about what really happened the night of September 11, 2012, when four Americans were killed in the Consulate attack, including U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens.
“This information comes from a former intelligence official who stayed in constant contact with people in the special ops and intelligence community,” said DiGenova, “and it is pretty clear that the biggest concern right now is that 400 missiles, which have been diverted in Libya and have gotten into the hands of some very ugly people. And they are worried, specifically according to these sources, about an attempt to shoot down an airliner,” he added.
Just a thought – perhaps recent U.S. movements on the Syrian border are less about assisting the rebels and more about recovering the 400 missing SAM’s.
UPDATE: Just after I published, Jake Tapper tweeted out a new story.