One year ago, Ambassador Chris Stevens, U.S. Foreign Service officer Sean Smith, and former SEALs Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods tragically lost their lives in service to their country.
As we remember them, let us be cognizant that these men aren’t the only casualties of the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.
Others, unknown and unnamed, may have been killed as well. Unsettling as this seems, given what has already transpired around this scandal, the possibility cannot be discounted.
We do know that other assets were wounded on that fateful night. Who they are, we do not know.
According to CNN, seven people suffered wounds in addition to the four who were killed. Some of these wounded in Benghazi suffered very serious wounds. These casualties, according to Congressman Trey Gowdy, had their names changed and have been given aliases. Additionally, they’ve been tucked away in anonymity and dispersed to military hospitals across the nation. Even the congress cannot locate them.
Reports indicate at least 35 CIA officers were present during the attack at the annex in Benghazi. Those CIA officers who escaped without wounds have been subjected to coordinated, sustained intimidation. Outside of normal procedure, they’ve been administered ongoing polygraph examinations at a rate higher than their peers. The reason many suspect for this unusual activity is an ongoing effort to suppress leaks to the media. In other words, it’s to keep people silent.
“You have no idea the amount of pressure being brought to bear on anyone with knowledge of this operation.” said one source with knowledge of the bureaucratic atmosphere.
But the intimidation doesn’t seem to stop at the CIA.
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