Did Petraeus Mistress Reveal Explosive Benghazi Details?
This story about David Petraeus' affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell, has, sadly, been getting even more salacious. I have just as many questions about the other woman in the dispute -- an unpaid, Lebanese-born, wealthy social liaison -- as I do Broadwell.
Every detail of this story strikes me as bizarre -- the emails that led to Petraeus' downfall were sent by an account Broadwell shared with her husband? Really?
But some reporters are digging into public statements made by Broadwell and they are explosive. Such as that the raid in Benghazi was on a CIA secret prison that held Libyan militants. I'm just going to quote Israeli National News' report on a recent speech Broadwell gave in Denver:
Broadwell confirmed the reports on Fox News that the CIA annex asked for a special unit, the Commander in Chief's In Extremis Force, to come and assist it. She also said that the force could indeed have reinforced the consulate, and that Petraeus knew all of this, but was not allowed to talk to the press because of his position in the CIA.
"The challenge has been the fog of war, and the greater challenge is that it's political hunting season, and so this whole thing has been turned into a very political sort of arena, if you will," she said. "The fact that came out today is that the ground forces there at the CIA annex, which is different from the consulate, were requesting reinforcements.
"They were requesting the – it's called the C-in-C's In Extremis Force – a group of Delta Force operators, our very, most talented guys we have in the military. They could have come and reinforced the consulate and the CIA annex. Now, I don't know if a lot of you have heard this but the CIA annex had actually taken a couple of Libyan militia members prisoner, and they think that the attack on the consulate was an attempt to get these prisoners back. It's still being vetted.
"The challenging thing for Gen. Petraeus is that in his new position, he's not allowed to communicate with the press. So he's known all of this – they had correspondence with the CIA station chief in Libya, within 24 hours they kind of knew what was happening."
On the failure of additional help not being supplied:
"As a former intel officer it's frustrating to me because it reveals our sources and methods, I don't think the public necessarily needs to know all of that. It is a tragedy that we lost an ambassador and two other government officials, and [...] there was a failure in the system because there was additional security requested, but it's frustrating to see the sort of political aspect of what's going on with this whole investigation."
Oh dear. One almost hopes she's lying or simply spreading rumors.