CIA FOIA Request Denied before Hillary’s Benghazi Testimony
By Marinka Peschmann Wednesday, January 23, 2013
With all eyes on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s long awaited and highly anticipated testimony today on the September 11, 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi where Ambassador Christopher Stevens, information management officer Sean Smith, former Navy SEALs Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty, were murdered, the stonewall continues, and more chilling signs of a cover-up emerge—this time from Freedom of Information Act Requests (FOIA) to the CIA.
As the New York Times reported, Woods and Doherty worked under contract with the CIA.
Recall how officials briefed on intelligence told the Wall Street Journal: “The U.S. effort in Benghazi was at its heart a CIA operation,” and the State Department presence in Benghazi “provided diplomatic cover” to conceal weapon transfers from Libya to Syria.
In addition, as Aaron Klein of kleinonline.com reported, “The U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, actually served as a meeting place to coordinate aid for the rebel-led insurgencies in the Middle East, according to Middle Eastern security officials … Among the tasks performed inside the building was collaborating with Arab countries on the recruitment of fighters—including jihadists—to target Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria.” The so-called Benghazi mission or consulate as the Obama-Clinton regime described it to be was in reality a CIA outpost.
Now, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) declined my FOIA request seeking information in regards to Ambassador Christopher Stevens and Turkish Consul General Ali Sait Akin and “any and all members of the Turkish government …” Akin was the last known person to have met with Ambassador Stevens. Their meeting concluded about one hour before the deadly attack on September 11 began at approximately 9:35 p.m. local time.
As CIA Information and Privacy Coordinator Michele Meeks wrote: “With respect to Item 1, in accordance with section 3.6(a) of Executive Order 13526, the CIA can neither confirm nor deny the existence or nonexistence of records responsive to your request. The fact of the existence or nonexistence of requested records is currently and properly classified and is intelligence sources and methods information that is protected from disclosure by section 6 of the CIA Act of 1949, as amended, and section 102A(i)(1) of the National Security Act of 1947, as amended. Therefore, your request is denied pursuant to FOIA exemptions (b)(1) and (b)(3).
Last November former CIA Director David Petraeus (unlike President Bill Clinton) suddenly resigned after news of his tawdry affair with biographer Paula Broadwell broke worldwide. Broadwell had reportedly been sending threatening type emails to a Florida socialite Jill Kelley.
Meanwhile as reported in the Fix is in Part V,Hillary’s Benghazi Advisory Review Board Report (ARB), chaired by Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering and Admiral Michael Mullen as Vice Chairman, did not even bother to mention Ali Sait Akin.
Instead as previously reported Hillary’s Benghazi ARB blamed Ambassador Stevens. A completely fallacious and absurd determination considering Ambassador Stevens was following the Obama-Clinton regime’s orders.
“The Board found that Ambassador Stevens made the decision to travel to Benghazi independently of Washington, per standard practice. Timing for his trip was driven in part by commitments in Tripoli, as well as a staffing gap between principal officers in Benghazi. Plans for the Ambassador’s trip……..