Former CIA analyst Fred Fleitz says a New York Times report that al-Qaida was not responsible for the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, flies in the face of U.S. intelligence.
"This article features a selective use of facts [and] omission of some crucial information, especially the fact that very prominent members of Congress – Peter King, Mike Rogers, Darryl Issa – have said there are thousands of intelligence cables indicating a link to al-Qaida," Fleitz, chief analyst at the global intelligence forecaster LIGNET.com, told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.
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"[Reporter David] Kirkpatrick may not agree with that, but he doesn't even mention that in the article . . . He says there's only one intelligence piece that links al-Qaida to the attacks, which he sources to administration officials," Fleitz said Monday.
The Times report blames the attack, which killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevensm on Sept. 11, 2012, on local militia groups not affiliated with al-Qaida.
"I worked with Peter King and Mike Rogers in the Intelligence Committee. I trust them," Fleitz said.
"If they say the intelligence is there establishing a link between al-Qaida and the attacks on the consulate, they're right."
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