Diplomatic Cable Warned of Benghazi Concerns
Update on terror attack
- Duration 2:07
- Date Nov 1, 2012
Update on terror attack
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Well thank you John good morning to classified State Department cable review by Fox News.
Is a direct warning to the State Department that the consulate cannot be defended against a coordinated attack al-Qaeda and Islamist militias are everywhere and Ben Ghazi.
And that they need extra help significantly the Cabell reports to Washington that the Libyan militia charged with protecting the consulate.
Cannot be trusted quote certain sectors of the 17 February brigade were very hesitant to share information with the Americans.
But as the largest brigade they acted as a buffer for the mission.
Against some of the more anti American Islamist militias in town and intelligence source on the ground in Libya told Fox News shortly after the attack.
But the 17 February brigade was nowhere to be found it had melted away.
And this information coupled with the -- suggests the brigade had been infiltrated by extremists taken together experts say the administration's initial statements about the attack.
Are further challenged.
Al-Qaeda in then guys -- itself.
Could only mean that all Americans were in jeopardy and therefore the notion that.
This attack had anything to do with the famous -- video I think falls further into disrepute.
The State Department declined to answer specific questions that we asked at fox citing the classified nature of the cable.
Adding quote an independent board is conducting a thorough review of the assaults on our post and then Ghazi once we have the board's comprehensive account of what happened.
Findings and recommendations we can fully address these matters.
The key thing here is that the details in this cable foreshadowed the attack which was a coordinated commando style attack using direct and indirect fire.
Al-Qaeda in North Africa and Ansar Al Sharia are both specifically mentioned in this cable.
And since we have seen in our reporting that they are implement -- implicated pardon me in the attack John.
And -- basically no response from the State Department your question.
I'm citing the classified -- nature of the material but the bottom line is that this really is the smoking gun.
Warning a direct warning they could not withstand a coordinated attack.
And it's eerie to read because -- really foreshadows the way the ambassador was murdered.