Petraeus: I Said Al Qaeda Behind Benghazi — But Line Was Removed
Former CIA director David Petraeus spoke behind closed doors to the House Intelligence Committee. According to committee member Peter King (R-NY), Patraeus’ testimony challenged the Obama administration’s repeated claims that the attack was a “spontaneous” protest over an anti-Islam video and conflicted with his own statements to lawmakers earlier in September.
Fox News: “His testimony today was that from the start, he had told us that this was a terrorist attack,” King said, adding that he told Petraeus he had a “different recollection.”
Still, the claim that the CIA’s original talking points were changed is sure to stoke controversy on the Hill.
“The original talking points were much more specific about Al Qaeda involvement. And yet the final ones just said indications of extremists,” King said, adding that the final version was the product of a vague “inter-agency process.”
Further, King said a CIA analyst specifically told lawmakers that the Al Qaeda affiliates line “was taken out.”
If it’s true the Petraeus changed his original story could it be that he was under some sort of duress due to his illicit affair? Did someone with power threaten to break the story of the married four star general’s relationship with another woman? Did Patraeus decide to bring the story into the open thus removing it as a possible object for blackmail?
No matter what the truth finally reveals this tale is not only fodder for gossip mongers but has all the makings of a best seller…and non fiction at that.
It’s bad enough the timing of General Patraeus sudden resignation. The affair with a married woman was questioned by many whether it should be enough to cause him to resign as Director of the CIA. But over the weekend additional information has come to light causing many to wonder about this relationship, the foolish email exchange, how the FBI investigation began and what state secrets may have been divulged.
The first video is a FOX News exclusive interview with correspondent Jennifer Griffin and contains a clip by paramour Paula Broadwell who indicates she had knowledge beyond what the public knew of the situation in Benghazi.
“Now, I don’t know if a lot of you heard this, but the CIA annex had actually, um, 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. So that’s still being vetted.”
This second video is from a weekend interview with Rep. Pete King bringing up more questions than answers.
News today reveals that a second woman was somehow involved through an email exchange which is what prompted the FBI investigation. Not only is this a sad fall from grace by one of the most respected generals of our time but the coincidental timing of the information release makes one wonder who, at the top levels, had knowledge of this affair and did someone try to use it to benefit this administration?
Judge Jeanine did not mince any words in her opening segment Saturday.
Conspiracy theorists will have a field day with this story.