David Ignatius reports that CIA documents support the story that Susan Rice presented on the Sunday shows after the Benghazi attacks.

The Romney campaign may have misfired with its suggestion that statements by President Obama and U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice about the Benghazi attack last month weren’t supported by intelligence, according to documents provided by a senior U.S. intelligence official.

“Talking points” prepared by the CIA on Sept. 15, the same day that Rice taped three television appearances, support her description of the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate as a reaction to Arab anger about an anti-Muslim video prepared in the United States. According to the CIA account, “The currently available information suggests that the demonstrations in Benghazi were spontaneously inspired by the protests at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo and evolved into a direct assault against the U.S. Consulate and subsequently its annex. There are indications that extremists participated in the violent demonstrations.”

But it gets even worse. At The Cable Josh Rogin says the documents Issa released exposed the names of several Libyans that were working with the US creating a threat to their lives.

House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) compromised the identities of several Libyans working with the U.S. government and placed their lives in danger when he released reams of State Department communications Friday, according to Obama administration officials.

Issa posted 166 pages of sensitive but unclassified State Department communications related to Libya on the committee’s website afternoon as part of his effort to investigate security failures and expose contradictions in the administration’s statements regarding the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi that resulted in the death of Amb. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.

But there is still more, emptywheel looked at the documents and found that a large CIA presence was also exposed.

PDF 1: In December, Jeffrey Feltman asked Patrick Kennedy to approve “a combined footprint of 35 U.S. government personnel in Benghazi.” That would include 10 people identified as State: 8 State Department and USAID, and 2 temporary duty personnel.

Which leaves 25 people unaccounted for.

As it happens, the Libyans say there were 29 people they hadn’t expected when they came to evacuate the Americans. They complained afterwards that the Americans hadn’t told them about all the spooks they’d have onsite.

Well, now, Issa just confirmed they were not State or even USAID personnel. He has confirmed the Libyans’ claims–that they were spooks.

I agree with BoMan that Issa should step down from the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee if not the Congress.  Darrell Issa is nothing but a vile political hack and has headed up one witch hunt after another and this time he has endangered lives.

RON BEASLEY, Assistant Editor
Leave a replyComments (39)
  1. ShannonLeee October 20, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    If true, he should step down, but he won’t. The Bush admin outed our own people with out repercussion.

  2. CStanley October 20, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    As I’ve been saying for a while, I’m uncomfortable with the likelihood that a CIA op has been blown and that we face exposure of classified info (not to mention identities.) At the same time though this is shark jumping, to call Issa a traitor and call for resignAtions, especially since this had all already come out. The Libyan govt knew immediately, the attackers undoubtedly knew, and the press leaked all of it within 24 hours (UK Guardian and NYT.) i guess one could fault the House Republicans for not helping put the toothpaste back in the tube….

  3. dduck October 20, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    Disgusting headline.

  4. CStanley October 20, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    Oh I should add though, that one thing that was clearly wrong is that the names of Libyans who are firendlies were not redacted from the documents. Whoever is responsible for that should answer for it. It’s morally inexcusable and carelessly harmful to future working relationships on the ground.

  5. SteveK October 20, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    Thanks Ron… I saw this elsewhere and was going to bring this up in the comments section but it really deserves front page coverage.

    For over a week now several of our Republican friends who have continued with the Issa meme that they have the right to know everything… the instant it happens. Now maybe they’ll see the danger had the Obama Administration done what they asked…

    Issa did it and has endangered lives of Libyans and Americans.

    That Issa, Romney, and all their Republican Only cheerleaders are doing this simply to score political points in a close election makes it all the worse.

    Maybe it will open some eyes but I doubt it… closed minds override open eyes.

    Edit to add: Via con huevos “lol at _Moderate_”

    Edit to add: Disgusting Darrell Issa

  6. SteveK October 20, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    Nice to see dduck and CStanley defending Issa…

    Next thing you know they’ll be defending Julian Assange as, like Issa, most (if not all) of the Wiki Leaks documents were “sensitive but unclassified” too… Just like Daring Darrell’s.

    Five, four, three, two, one… But that was different! :(

  7. ShannonLeee October 20, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    ehh there is a difference between a report in the Times and one from the US government.

  8. dduck October 20, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    Run that by me again. Disclosing non-classified documents is traitorous (it is extremly stupid and reprehensible, though, and is inexcusable) when I guy I don’t like like Issa does it, but the name of the doctor, who enabled the OBL killing, and the details of the SEAL teams route and attack details is, er, OK Heard anything on that lately? didn’t think so). Nobody called anybody the T word there, but here it’s OK.
    Plain BS, and still disgusting Oedipus.

  9. ordinarysparrow October 20, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    lol at Moderate… please read the commenting rules… it is not permitted to attack the writers…. everyone has their own opinions, as do you, but please reframe from posting unless you can show up with civility…

    ” The Moderate Voice—-An Internet hub for centrists, independents and moderates with domestic and international news, analysis, original reporting and popular features from the left, center and right.”


    I am watching Darrell Issa very carefully…he is a player, and don’t think he is clean on a number of issue… time will tell…something is definitely not right about this man…time will show his true colors…

  10. dduck October 20, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    OS, the T word is beyond the pale. I don’t like or defend Issa, but I would sue anyone that called me a traitor.

  11. The_Ohioan October 20, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    Well, that’s not going to happen, but his “investigations” and their results have allowed us to take his measure. We will eye everything his committee does with the greatest of skepticism. I’m glad the Justice Department didn’t allow his machinations to deter them from doing their duty. And I hope if he does step over the line between law and larceny they will prosecute him to the fullest extent. His background is proof of his personal integrity.

  12. CStanley October 20, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    Dduck is right that the analogy to the details of the bin Laden raid being leaked is a better comparison than Wikileaks.

    Personally I think oversight of one branch over another is the most excusable reason for releasing information, but of course it should be done with care and redaction of all sensitive material (hence my comment above.)

  13. dduck October 20, 2012 at 7:39 pm


  14. zephyr October 20, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    Darrell Issa is nothing but a vile political hack and has headed up one witch hunt after another and this time he has endangered lives.

    No doubt. To the extent the soul of the republican party has been deeply compromised and damaged, it is people like Issa who are to blame. That said, reflexive apologies and deflections from loyalists are expected.

  15. Davebo October 20, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    OS, the T word is beyond the pale. I don’t like or defend Issa, but I would sue anyone that called me a traitor.
    Read more at http://themoderatevoice.com/164776/darrell-issa-traitor/#dTGE0cvjhVz9iqWV.99

    And you would be laughed out of court. And what’s with the “T” word stuff? It’s mentioned in the constitution several times you know.

  16. Dabb October 21, 2012 at 1:47 am

    It’s sorta defeats the point to complain about the use of the word traitor (there I said it) by using words like lunatic, garbage, cesspool, and attacking the writer. Perhaps a chill pill is in order.

    By the way, Mr. Beasley, I agree with your assessment. When these politicians put party above country they deserve every name in the book….both sides.

  17. ShannonLeee October 21, 2012 at 4:05 am

    Duck and C, again…
    Details of a successful raid and one important nonamerica vs our CIA activities in the middle east.
    Two completely different things

  18. CStanley October 21, 2012 at 8:22 am

    I agree that they are very different, Shannon. In the case of the bin Laden raid there is simply no defensible reason to be leaking details that put people’s lives at risk. And on top of putting a few individuals at risk from exposing their identities, the bin Laden raid leaks led to exposure of a doctor leading a vaccination program so that now thousands of Pakistani kids are not being vaccinated against polio.

  19. zephyr October 21, 2012 at 8:48 am

    I am watching Darrell Issa very carefully…he is a player, and don’t think he is clean on a number of issue… time will tell…something is definitely not right about this man…time will show his true colors…

    Nicely understated OS.

  20. Dabb October 21, 2012 at 9:11 am

    Nor is there no defensible reason to be giving out the identities of the individuals in Benghazi. Are their lives less important than those in Pakistan?

    This should not be a game of tit for tat. Both incidents are irresponsible.

  21. Dabb October 21, 2012 at 9:16 am

    Nor is there no defensible reason to be giving out the identities of the individuals in Benghazi. Are their lives less important than those in Pakistan?

    This should not be a game of tit for tat. Both incidents show irresponsibility.

  22. dduck October 21, 2012 at 9:35 am

    Dabb, we agree that giving out names that puts people in danger is wrong. But, for disclosing a doctor/CIA asset to 30 years in prison and screw up the polio vaccination program and have no consequences or names hurled at you is at best strange when you have traitor, which I believe is a capital offense, hurled at you.
    Perhaps no one but me objects to calling Obama a cold blooded “murderer”. I object to the use of both words to describe politicians doing their jobs; they sometimes do get messy and SNAFUs happen.
    I hope we can learn from our mistakes and that these lapses, from either side, help prevent, or minimize future screw ups and security problems for our own people and those helping us.
    BTW: how’s that fast track immigration program to bring our helpers in Iraq to the U.S. before they get killed, working out?
    We are fast losing “helpers” in trouble spots with our find em, **** em and forget em.

  23. CStanley October 21, 2012 at 10:15 am

    Dabb I agree as I hope came across in my comments above about the serious issue of bungling the release of sensitive documents without names redacted.

    As dduck said, this should be about accountability for the sake of learning from mistakes. Hurling terms like “traitor” immediately throws it into the realm of politics because it implies something that the facts don’t support, which is a deliberate desire to aid and abet our enemies. There’s a reason that the framers deliberately crafted a very narrow definition of treason in the Constitution

  24. ordinarysparrow October 21, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    Just for clarification the first part of my message was for @lol at Moderate…he took a tollie swing at the writer which was way beyond ….his comment has been removed…

    Did spend some time with the word traitor…the word in itself is rather apt in the original meaning of the word, one who is deceitful…but rather weighted down with patriotic realism…and isn’t that what started this mess with Issa..

    On a personal insubstantial note…a few times in life have come across an individual that brings forth a primal animal response of the hair standing on the back of the neck… Darrell Issa evokes the hair to stand up, so at this time, am standing back and just watching, if Issa gets too close will have to bite him…….

  25. dduck October 21, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    OS, I got the same reaction over Waxman.

  26. SteveK October 21, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    PolitiFact – Group blames Obama for linking CIA to a Pakistani doctor

    Follow the link for the complete article but PolitiFact has determined DD & CS’s reruns of GOP talking points to be FALSE. Not ‘Half True’ not ‘Mostly True’ it’s… FALSE.

    Our ruling
    The Special Operations – OPSEC Education Fund said, “This administration leaked information, deliberately or otherwise, that led to the identification of the Pakistani doctor that helped us in achieving our goals and killing bin Laden.”
    The OPSEC group provides no evidence to support its claim, and journalists close to the scene in Abbottabad say it was the Pakistanis, not the Americans, who identified the doctor. The bin Laden raid triggered the ISI investigation, not anything said by U.S. officials.
    In fact, the CIA had urged the doctor to leave the country and when Pakistan provided the name of the doctor, US officials tried to prevent it being published.
    We see no evidence that it was the Obama administration that leaked the name. We rate it False.

  27. DORIAN DE WIND, Military Affairs Columnist October 21, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    Thanks for the (Poli)facts, SteveK.

    I know even the facts will not stop some from continuing to besmirch the administration, but that is expected.

  28. SteveK October 21, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    Thanks Dorian, The made up story about President Obama outing a Doctor doesn’t even belong in this thread… This thread is about Darrell Issa outing civilians in Libya.

    This lie was thrown into the thread as smoke and mirrors (they almost admitted that one of their own was out of line and they needed to fallback and regroup) and as a “your side does it too and you’re side is worse.”

    The fact that their accusations are false will have no bearing on what they think is right…

  29. dduck October 21, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    Thanks for the clarification.

  30. CStanley October 21, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    It looks like I misspoke. The combination of Robert Gates telling the NSC to “shut the f*** up” when loose lips were flailing right after the raid, and learning of the dire consequences of the fake vaccination program being outed, had upset me but I should have looked at all details before conflating the two things.

    It was an error for which I apologize. As for being part of the ‘they’ of which Steve speaks, and the motives he’s attributing, I would think a bit more attention should be paid to the commenting guidelines and Dr. E’s recent reminders.

  31. SteveK October 21, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    It seems that there is a lot of misspeaking going on.

    Is there something wrong for pointing this out?

    Is there a particular reason for segueing this thread from it’s original purpose… The TREASONOUS outings of civilians working with the United States by Darrell Issa?

  32. CStanley October 21, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    Is there some reason that you frequently feel the need to make comments about other commenters’ motivations? And make declarations about what you believe those motivations to be? U

  33. SteveK October 21, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    Is there some reason that you frequently feel the need to totally ignore the question?

  34. CStanley October 21, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    Is there something wrong for pointing this out?

    Ask Dr. E. this wouldn’t apply if you’d simply point out a misstatement without the further “mindreadin” commentary:

    Hi there all: Going to be posting this on several posts over the next couple weeks, some in answer to recent questions from readers.
    Please stay to the topic of the post and not what you think of other commenters or writers. If you agree or not with the topic, state your case with your facts. We dont keep the comments area for what any commenter ‘mind reads’ another commenter or writer is thinking, whether any commenter thinks another commenter is having a moral failing, or is blind as a bat, or whatever other off-

  35. epiphyte October 21, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    SK. Wikileaks _is_ different. Assange is not and never has been a US citizen. Therefore he cannot, by definition, ever be a traitor to the USA.

    Bradley Manning, OTOH, could concievably be regarded as a traitor, but only if you consider treason to be an act that wilfully defies the law and/or administration policy, regardless of intent to further, rather than hinder, the national interest.

  36. CStanley October 21, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    Not sure what I am ignoring. When someone attacks my character before I’ve had an opportunity to respond to a correction, I don’t feel I’m obligated to dissuade that person from holding that negative caricaturization of me, nor do I think there’s any point in trying to change that person’s opinion. Which I’m sure is the reason for that commenting rule, because those conversations go nowhere and hijack threads (far more off topic than what you are complaining about.)

    And so I bid you goodnight.

  37. PW October 22, 2012 at 10:06 am

    I had a little trouble with the word “traitor,” but not for the reason others give. “Traitor” is often the label given to those who act on principle — wrongly but on principle. Not Darrel Issa. Just take a look at his personal and professional history: the man is a mangy little cheat. His motive for going after the Obama administration is not “principle” but about personal ambition. Of course, he’s not alone in his party when it comes to doing that kind of damage to the democratic process.

  38. dduck October 22, 2012 at 10:21 am

    BTW: Bill Maher is also a traitor, or at least he likes to have traitors on his show.
    Shortly after Issa’s hearing, BM had him on his show.
    To BM’s credit, he tries to add in someone from the right as a panel guest.
    As the old saying goes, you are known by the company you keep. 😉

  39. dduck October 22, 2012 at 10:30 am

    CS is correct, negative character characterization and caricaturization is on the rise by at 12.5% on TMV. Some like rules but sometimes don’t play by them.