In a letter addressed to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Oversight Committee chairman Darrell Issa and member Jason Chaffetz point to documents recovered by Foreign Policy as evidence that Libyan security forces had been infiltrated prior to the 9/11/12 attack that killed four Americans. The letters – one addressed to Mohamed Obeidi, head of Libyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Benghazi and the other to the Benghazi police chief – are dated 9/11/12 and are quite specific.
According to a November 1, 2012, Foreign Policy article titled “‘Troubling’ Surveillance Before Benghazi Attack,” drafts of two letters were uncovered at the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi. The documents, written immediately prior to the attack on September 11, 2012, indicate that the compound was under “troubling” surveillance and that Chief of Mission personnel were complaining to the Libyan government that it had failed to fulfill requests for additional security. The unsigned documents express justifiable fears about the status of security at the compound on the day of the attack. They were reportedly recovered by journalists during a visit to the compound on October 26, 2012, many days after Federal Bureau of Investigation agents had already visited the compound to collect evidence.
The letter addressed to Obeidi concludes thusly:
“Finally, early this morning at 0643, September 11, 2012, one of our diligent guards made a troubling report. Near our main gate, a member of the police force was seen in the upper level of a building across from our compound. It is reported that this person was photographing the inside of the U.S. special mission and furthermore that this person was part of the police unit sent to protect the mission. The police car stationed where this event occurred was number 322.”
This is a clear indication that the Benghazi police had been infiltrated by forces and individuals sympathetic to the attackers.
Such infiltration would seem to be consistent with our findings relative to Al-Qaeda ‘brother’ (words of Ayman al-Zawahiri) Abdel Hakim Belhaj being put in charge of security for the entire city of Tripoli in 2011-2012, to include security at all embassies there.
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