Posted: November 20, 2012 in Arms Trafficking, Covert Operations
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It has taken two months, but news involving what really happened in Benghazi, Libya at the United States consulate is beginning to leak out. As reporters Adam Entous, Siobhan Gorman and Margaret Coker ofThe Wall Street Journal admittedon November 1, “The U.S. effort in Benghazi was at its heart a CIA operation.”

On September 11, 2012, a heavily armed group staged a nighttime attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. For the next several hours, gun battles erupted in that building as well as in a neighboring location that had been used by the CIA as a “safe house.” When the dust settled on September 12, four Americans were dead, including U.S. AmbassadorChris Stevens.

New reports now indicate that the Western press in Libya, including New York Timescorrespondents, knew all along that the assault was not “a spontaneous attack brought about by an anti-Islamic movie in the United States.” Instead, the attackers targeted a spy operation being run by the CIA tasked with moving weapons to rebel fighters around the Middle East.

It all started just after the Obama commencement of a North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)-led invasion of Libya wherein national leader Muammar Qaddafi was murdered.With the war winding down, the CIA established its first intelligence annex in Libya in February 2011. With Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s State Department providing diplomatic cover to conceal the operation’s true nature, CIA contractors recruited anti-Qaddafi rebels and provided weaponry to them.

Strong evidence now exists that Stevens seized weapons in Libya and sent them to Syria viaTurkey where rebel groups created by the CIA and the Mossad are battling President Bashar Assad’s army for control of the nation.

Michael Kelley of Business Insider, which is described as one of the fastest growing financial websites on the Internet, wrote on November 3: “A Libyan ship—which reportedly weighed 400 tons—docked in southern Turkey on September 6, and its cargo ended up in the hands of Syrian rebels. The man who organized that shipment, Tripoli Military Council head Abdelhakim Belhadj, worked directly with Stevens during the Libyan revolution. These weapons [were] presumably from Muammar Qaddafi’s stock of about 20K portable heat-seeking missiles, the bulk of which were SA-7 surface-to-air anti-aircraft missiles.”

On November 9 AMERICAN FREE PRESS interviewed a source who requested to be usedonly as “background” for this story. AFP asked him if he felt that forces, who originally worked with the CIA and NATO to overthrow Qaddafi, attacked the CIA safe house because they were angered that their bounty—thousands of high-tech weapons—were now being taken from them and dispatched to another group of CIA mercenaries in Syria.

He responded: “The Libyans were pawns in their own revolution. NATO and the Obama administration wanted Qaddafi out, so they used the home team to do it. Soldiers that opposed Qaddafi received their funding from NATO and the CIA. Then, after these rebels did the dirty work and got rid of Qaddafi, the CIA went searching for his heat-seeking missiles.”

Once the CIA planted roots in Libya, AFP’s source picked up the story of what transpired.

“Some of the same forces that were set against  Qaddafi were later used to provide security at the CIA’s safe house,” he said. “Although many of the details are still clouded, it’s certain that the CIA embassy was not attacked due to an anti-Islamic film, as the administration initially claimed.”

AFP inquired as to whether President Barack Obama would have been apprised and directly knowledgeable of the CIA’s weapons-running operation. “Yes,” he said.

To illustrate how extensively the CIA was involved in this mess, the source stated: “Of the 30men stationed in Benghazi, only seven weren’t officially employed by the CIA. Once the mission was attacked, CIA contractors got most of their fellow Americans out. Yet, following their rescue mission, some of them were tracked down and killed.”

The success of the CIA operation moving guns out of Libya was what ultimately doomed the mission there. “For at least 30 days prior to the September 11 onslaught, Stevens’s emails prove that he felt an attack was imminent,” said AFP’s source. “But since the CIA had already moved a majority of weapons out of Libya on the September 6 boat dispatched to Turkey, there was no more need for the mission in Benghazi. Now that most everyoneknows about this situation, the CIA’s cover was blown, which is something they never wanted.”

AFP inquired as to whether there was any possibility that Stevens had been deliberately set up. AFP’s contact replied, “At the very least, somebody was negligent about security at the embassy, and Stevens knew more about the Libyan gun-running operation than anyone.”

Now, conveniently, Stevens is dead and CIA Director David Petraeus resigned on November 9 “due to marital indiscretions.”

As of this writing, Petraeus will testify behind closed doors on Capitol Hill about his role in the Benghazi scandal.

CIA Operative Caught Red-Handed

Although CIA agents promote an aura of calculating professionalism and perfection, sometimes their actual performance strays far from this carefully crafted image. In 2011, Hezbollah leaders in Beirut exposed several CIA operatives after their sloppy and amateurish Keystone Kops-like practices were uncovered.

The specifics are almost comical if they weren’t so serious. When trying to determine acodeword to be used when meeting with foreign contacts, the secret agents selected“pizza.” Then, laughably, they all met in public at a Beirut Pizza Hut. Making matters worse,the men dialed their CIA  handlers on cell phones that were easily traced by Hezbollah’sinternal security forces.

After arrests were made, Hezbollah’s leader, Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, said that the detainees ere “affiliated with the CIA, and one more might be affiliated with European intelligence or Mossad.” Nasrallah characterized the U.S. embassy in Lebanon as “a den of spies.”


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