#BENGHAZI: Whistleblowers Emerge

Whistleblowers have emerged in the Benghazi case.

CBS News: House investigators talking to new Benghazi whistleblowers Attkisson cbsnews.com/8301-250_162-5… via @cbsnews

— Sharyl Attkisson (@SharylAttkisson) April 18, 2013

Whistleblowers. Plural.

I am sure this will go over well, given this administration’s war on whistleblowers.
CBS’s Sharyl Attkisson filed this report:

CBS News has learned that multiple new whistleblowers are privately speaking to investigators with the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee regarding the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attacks on the U.S. compounds in Benghazi, Libya.

The nature of the communications with the whistleblowers and their identities are not being made public at this time. But in response, the Oversight Committee yesterday sent letters to the three federal agencies involved: the CIA, the Defense Department and the State Department.

The letters, sent by Darrell Issa, indicate that the investigation is pressing forward and new testimony might require various officials to obtain legal counsel. The Hill reports:

House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) is pushing ahead with his investigation of last year’s fatal attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, by preparing federal agencies to allow employees to lawyer up.

In separate letters to the legal offices of the CIA, State Department and Defense Department, Issa said some witnesses on the issue might need lawyers, if their agencies decide to retaliate against them for their testimony.

“During the course of the investigation, numerous individuals have approached the committee with information related to the attack,” wrote Issa in the letters, which were obtained by The Hill.

He asked agencies to provide details on how to grant outside attorneys the security clearances necessary for them to adequately represent employees discussing classified matters with congressional investigators.

“Some witnesses may be required to retain personal counsel to represent them before the committee and in the event the agency subsequently retaliates against them for cooperating with the committee’s investigation,” he said.

Three letters were sent in all. One to the CIA, one to the State Department and another to the Pentagon. The letters were essentially the same, with minor alterations to address each agency accordingly. FOX News linked to the letters and noted in their report that the committee had not yet received a response:

The letters ask for the material to be provided to Issa’s office by 5 p.m. April 17, 2013. When contacted by FoxNews.com at 5 p.m., a spokeswoman said they had not received the information yet.

Earlier Wednesday, Secretary of State John Kerry testified before the House Foreign Affairs Committee that the U.S. has identified people it believes were involved in the attack that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. Kerry testified that investigators from the FBI were still analyzing footage from the Sept. 11, 2012 attack. He did not say if anyone had been arrested or detained by American or Libyan authorities in the seven months since the bombing in Libya.

Included above, is acknowledgement that Secretary of State John Kerry had given testimony this week to the House Foreign Affairs Committee regarding Benghazi. Kerry paid lip service to the ongoing investigation and his testimony was reminiscent of Hillary Clinton’s testimony and now famous outburst, ‘What difference does it make?. (Related: Hillary Doubles Down, But #WhatDifferenceDoesItMake)

See the video clip below via National Review Online:

Transcript courtesy of Real Clear Politics, emphasis added:

SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN KERRY: Well, before I became Secretary, Congressman, I believe I got the answers to who was evacuated and had a pretty good sense of what happened there. But now that I am the Secretary and I am responsible to you and the Congress, I can promise you that if you’re not getting something that you have evidence of or you think you ought to be getting, we’ll work with you. And I will appoint somebody to work directly with you starting tomorrow, with you, Mr. Chairman, to have a review of anything you don’t think you’ve gotten that you’re supposed to get. Let’s get this done with, folks.

ROHRABACHER: Thanks.

KERRY: Let’s figure out what it is that’s missing, if it’s legitimate or if it isn’t. I don’t think anybody lied to anybody. And let’s find out exactly, together, what happened, because we need — we got a lot more important things to move on to and get done.

Ambassador Stevens, Glen Doherty, Sean Smith and Tyrone Woods unavailable for comment.

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  • GarandFan

    “…and noted in their report that the committee had not yet received a response.”

    That’s because ‘the most transparent administration, evah!’ is busy hiring lawyers, transferring people overseas, and shredding documents.

    Besides, WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE!

    • Constitution First

      Ambassador Stevens was in the process of exposing a gun-running operation to terrorists, a-la Fast & Furious. What’s-up with this regime’s fascination with gun-running? There is rumor this is somehow also tied up the Afghanistan opium trade (C I A guns for drugs to fund black-ops)

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  • 914

    “Figure out what’s missing or isn’t?” Get your botox injections straight Mr long-face. What’s missing for starters is the so called president sending help. Just come out and say it.

  • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

    ” we got a lot more important things to move on to and get done.”

    What better reason to have a full disclosure on what happened at Benghazi so that we can finish up and move on. Who is obstructing full disclosure, Mr. Kerry?

  • Vagabond661

    And yet a dog’s trip on the roof of a car was sooooo important.

  • Bill_Fan

    Imagine if an ambassador were killed on George Bush’s watch, MSNBC and the rest of the herd would be going crazy.

    • Commander_Chico

      Imagine if Al Qaeda killed thousands of people on Obama’s watch after he blew off warnings from the CIA. They’d make him into a hero while he was speaking on the smoking ruins.

      • herddog505

        Yep. Why, he might even get another Nobel out of it. Incidentally, he wouldn’t be speaking from the smoking ruins: if past performance is a reliable indicator, he’d be speaking from Air Force One on the way to a fundraiser or else a vacation home. [EDIT] This assumes that he said anything at all instead of simply sending Hillary to the Congress to throw a tantrum and demand, “What difference does it make?” which would mark her as a strong, tough woman and boost her election chances among democrats. [/EDIT]

        O’ course, it would take a lot of evidence and time to convince MiniTru that it WAS AQ and not the NRA or the Tea Party. Even after they were convinced (dammit!), they’d spend their time telling us that it was because the terrorist didn’t feel like he fitted in or that his motivations just weren’t clear. Oh, religion (Islam, Christianity: they are both the same, right?) MIGHT play SOME role, but not a major one.

        But not to worry: assuming that MiniTru doesn’t put the brothers Tsarnaev down the memory hole (Kermit Gosnell might be plugging it up), I’m sure that they’ll find a way to blame Bush and the GOP. Oh, wait…

        http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Journalism/2013/04/15/Kristof-Republicans-ATF

        [EDIT]As for you, any complaints about thousands of Americans dying on Barry’s watch would meet with a rant about how MORE Americans died in Iraq and A-stan (DAMN George Bush and Cheney and Rumsfeld!) and perhaps some lurid suggestions that TEH OLIGARCHY did it, or else the terrorist(s) was actually a Jew… er… Israeli… agent provocateur. In other words, a mere repeat of how you dealt with the deaths of Ambassador Stevens and the others in Benghazi.[/EDIT]

      • Bill_Fan

        Better yet Commander, imagine Obama actually watching his people die, ordering his forces to stand down, then going to Vegas for a fund raiser. His re-election was more important than those pesky Americans’ lives, right?

      • jim_m

        Troother warning!!

      • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

        We believe that you believe that. It’s the kind of thing we’ve come to expect of our soi disant cognoscenti.

      • 914

        Nah! He’d be too busy attending fundraisers to do that.

        • jim_m

          No, he’d stand on the dead bodies buried under the ruble and ask that American’s send email sympathy notes so he could collect their names and addresses for future fund raising drives. After all, that’s what they are doing with Boston.

          Never miss an opportunity to raise money

          • 914

            Golf or money laundering? I say he chooses both..

        • Commander_Chico

          I see the Cult of Bush still has its adherents, like the few that still worship fire.

          • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

            As usual our soi disant cognoscenti has all the answers.

          • Commander_Chico

            Yes, I do. I’ve adopted a new handle based on your recommendation.

          • Jwb10001

            you’re handle should be paranoid Chico the conspiracy idiot.

          • jim_m

            Says the man who follows his messiah, obama

          • Jwb10001

            That’s rich coming from an Obama supporter

  • fustian24

    This administration has already been revealed to have been responsible for the murder of innocent Mexicans together with out own border guards with the gunrunner scandal and none of that was of interest to our press.

    I’d like to know more about what happened at Benghazi, but I harbor no illusions that the murder of our ambassador and our embassy staff will be of the slightest interest to our media even if Obama himself pulled the trigger.

    I have never seen anything like today in my lifetime.

    • jim_m

      As I have said before the left would have trouble with covering anything negative about obama, even if they caught him red handed. The sad part of the parody is how true to life it really is. There is no treason that obama could commit that the left would not back him 100% on.

      • Scalia

        Jim, I read the link. That’s the first time I’ve heard anything about that. The story doesn’t get into a lot of detail about the murders or the alleged letter the president sent. Do you have more information on what happened? Note, I am not questioning your integrity; I would just like more information. Thanks, in advance.

        • jim_m

          Yes, there are few details, but it just shows that The Onion is another part of the left wing cover up. ;-)

          • Brucehenry

            The Onion is a National Treasure. I’m always surprised how many folks have never heard of it.

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