Rep. Wolf: Administration Covering Up Benghazi

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Friday, 02 Aug 2013 04:02 PM

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A bombshell report that there were as many as 35 CIA agents in Benghazi during the deadly attack on the U.S. Consulate last year — and some are being pressured to remain silent — suggests a cover-up by the Obama administration, Congressman Frank Wolf of Virginia says.

"It means that they have information that people in this administration do not want to get out," Wolf told Newsmax TV.

CNN says there may have been as many as 35 CIA agents on the ground when the attacks took place and that some operatives must take frequent polygraph tests in an effort to uncover who may be talking to the media or Congress about the tragedy.

And Fox News reported at least five CIA employees have been forced to sign new nondisclosure agreements discouraging them from leaking their stories to the media, even though they signed such agreements prior to the attacks that took the life of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.

"I know a lot of people that work at the agency. If you work out there and you have two kids, and one in college, you have a mortgage on a house … you can't afford to lose your job …," Wolf said.

"That's why it's intimidation to do this … It's intimidation to keep people from speaking."

He is also alarmed by another report that some of the CIA agents may have been helping move weapons, possibly even surface to air missiles through Libya via Turkey to Syrian rebels.

"There's no threat to national security to find out what happened now," he said.

Wolf is calling a special select committee to investigate the Sept. 11, 2012 bloodbath. But trying to get one in place has been a slow-going affair.

"The Republican senators have pushed. Sen. [John] McCain has pushed, Sen. [Lindsey] Graham has pushed, and others. They do not control the Senate and I doubt that [Senate Majority Leader] Harry Reid is going to do this," he said.

"I'm making every effort to convince my leadership … Maybe with the story that broke on CNN the other day, that may very well be enough."

Wolf disputes the State Department’s insistence that they've been fairly transparent by releasing an unprecedented amount of information on the Benghazi attack to members of Congress.

"I don't think that's accurate. You can tell me you can run the four-minute mile and you can tell me over and over — but I want to see you run the four-minute mile," he said.

"We've asked them for the names. They said they wanted to protect the identities … No, they are really not really cooperative."

Wolf also spoke to Newsmax about the planned shutting of U.S. embassies in several Muslim countries, and Tel Aviv, as well as world travel advisory because of unspecified al-Queda threats.

"It's very serious. In spite of the comments that the administration made during the election, bin Laden may be dead but al-Qaida is not," he said.

"You have a major prison breakout in Iraq the other day, 400 or 500, and they're all heading on into Syria. You've got a major prison break in Pakistan. You had a major prison break in Afghanistan.

"So you have three major prison breaks of very dangerous people and over 100 something thousand people have died in Syria and the jihadists all over the place. You have Hezbollah. You have the Iranians. So, unfortunately, terrorism is still a serious, serious problem."


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