Breaking down CIA account of Benghazi attack
All-Star panel weighs in
- Duration 6:10
- Date Nov 2, 2012
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From this podium I'm not going to be speaking about any aspect.
The -- requirement.
To bring to justice those two were responsible.
For the bad -- because he attacks come not going to speak about our conversations with other governments have not gonna speak about what we're learning of who we may be pursuing along with the -- There was not a lot coming out of the State Department today on a lot of the questions about Ben Ghazi that was a question about the access to the suspect in Tunisia.
Which now the FBI will get access to thanks in part we're told to.
Senator Lindsey Graham Republican from South Carolina who pressured the Tunisian its first by letter them by phone call.
And now the FBI is getting access.
So why now.
This is the CIA brought reporters and to brief them on their time line after our reporting about what happened in the early hours after the attack started.
We were not invited to that briefing but we're back with our panel bill.
What about this story I know you think governor Romney should talk about it but.
Let's get the broad perspective -- media and he should just to finish -- point because.
I think if he doesn't talk about it voters will say -- so complicated it was a screw up but it was was up he has to make clear that he takes it seriously enough to raise it one of the speeches he's given.
In the last few days the story itself.
Look the president said he issued a directive that evening in the White House that everything should be done to rescue our men and think -- It is perfectly reasonable for us to ask him two months later what would assume that you -- the directive was -- written or was it in a meeting where was the meeting who was in the meeting and what was done.
To follow up -- are you satisfied what was done.
It may be that we did everything we could it maybe that the defense assets were in place to move it may be that we thought the CIA guys from Tripoli would get out -- -- -- -- -- At -- says he's a confident decisions we are entitled I do really believe this we are entitled to an account of what decisions were made and what the follow up was with.
In the white house on that he just wanna explain -- about our reporting Jennifer -- reporting about the stand down.
The CIA now says it took 24 minutes for that.
The from the start of the attack for Tyrone woods and five other CIA operators in and accidents about a mile away from the consulate.
To respond they say they were waiting for the Libyan militia to get their weapons ready.
Are source very knowledgeable.
That we trust.
Said that they could have left much sooner but they were told to stand down.
And the timing is different the CIA said that there could be -- could've been a misunderstanding.
In that communication.
They say it was 24 minutes.
Here's US intelligence -- -- senior leaders as early as 7 PM eastern time.
Less than four hours after the start of the attack that.
-- Al -- tied to al-Qaeda carried out this attack.
Well -- that and they also surrounded the hospital where master Stephen's body was now if you look at the CIA timeline that now has been released.
They knew that and throughout Syria had surrounded the hospital so where did the video story come from.
I mean it it -- these things just aren't connected if they if they knew that and then let's just talk about is that the spoon feeding on this story should various militias -- -- affect.
So if you go to the video story so.
Then you have.
Over the next few days this video story we've talked about Susan Rice what she says on -- issue.
But what the president says out on the multiple shows a ban on September 25 he goes the United Nations and -- as the video.
I've -- to the video of the anti -- -- six times in that speech.
Now this is four hours after the attack intelligence -- -- senior leaders saying it's -- structure -- -- -- to a cut.
Right well I think what the administration is saying on the -- that they -- not saying that that they would say while that was just sort of speculation.
But I think this year is the CIA timeline when that but now it's in the CIA timeline -- even that that they had surrounded the hospital so it wasn't just speculation is that we know for a -- -- I want to say I can't -- on the other -- the main problem with this this story that's been -- -- -- -- -- diversionary tactic basically with a bunch of information answering questions and nobody's ever asked.
You know they aren't even of concern -- anybody really.
Giving nation is -- saying well you're watching the CIA bungled but there's no conspiracy -- said there was a conspiracy is that there's incompetence and then lying.
-- that that's a debt is a big difference between those things and so it's like -- by saying oh there's no conspiracy.
Stories over everybody just move along that.
But -- seven as a conspiracy -- I was incompetent -- When -- makes a mockery of this whole pretense that they didn't learn.
It was an insurgent attack and a terrorist attack and later is the president in the second debate.
-- That he had called it a terror attack on day one.
So that undermines the entire story because and then they spend the next two weeks talking about -- their video -- with Susan Rice and others.
So their own version of it is completely contradictory.
That and and then there's the other aspect of the warnings ignored we've been learning from your report and Jennifer is reporting all the way through.
Is that they were warnings upon -- emergency meeting August 15.
Not a regular emergency meeting in which they warned they had no protection and they're trying to get help and then we -- in the recent releases.
That one of the the force -- it was a 417 was supposed to be the locals the local militia that's what's to be on their side.
That the guy one of their guys was taking pictures of the compound.
I think on the same day.
Which was I mean there's larger warnings you can actually game a few hours to see.
There was no way to rely on the force and the CIA explanation for the standout and -- -- half hour delay.
He wasn't it we're trying to get in contact with the Libyan protectors that they were -- and they were actually defecting to the other side against us.
We will have something tells me more opportunities talk about this topic.
That's it for the panel let's -- --