Douglas J. Hagmann
11 November 2012: A November 11, 2012 link from the Drudge Report titled Exposed: Secret CIA prison? asks whether Paula Broadwell, the alleged mistress of ex-CIA Director David Petraeus exposed a “secret CIA prison” in Benghazi during a speech on October 26, 2012 in Denver. During a question and answer session, she was asked about the September 11, 2012 attack against the embassy and responded with the following:
“Now I don’t know if a lot of you heard this, but the CIA annex had actually had taken a couple of Libya militia members prisoner. And they think that the attack on the consulate was an effort to try to get these prisoners back. So that’s still being vetted.”
Readers of this web site and Canada Free Press were given specific insight and clarification of this statement in an article dated October 29, 2012 under the title Obama’s October surprise – exposed by Benghazi? According to an intelligence source I interviewed, there was indeed a “kidnapping” in Benghazi, but not of Libyan militia members. As documented by international press reports, seven members of the Iranian Red Crescent were grabbed on July 31, 2012. The Iranian Red Crescent members were snatched while in the vicinity of the CIA operations center in Benghazi after a mortar round was fired into the compound.
As that report stated, an intelligence source stressed the importance of not only this “snatch and grab” operation, but the timing of their release. It is not about a secret prison in Libya, but about the nation-state actors involved in the September 11, 2012 attack. These were Iranians who were taken captive, and they were milling about to inspect the CIA compound for a future attack.
It is extremely important to understand the context and timing of their release as it directly relates to the talks between Valerie Jarrett and top Iranian officials in Qatar. The talks were being secretly conducted to hammer out an “October surprise” by Obama that would announce an agreement between Iran and the U.S. that would suspend Iran’s nuclear weapons program. Exposing this single fact helps people to understand the global implications of the attack in Benghazi, identify the nation-state actors and what this attack was all about. Furthermore, it explains the reason that the Obama regime had stuck to the nonsensical story about an obscure video as the reason for the attack.