Spy agency putting pressure on agents not to divulge information to media, congress about events surrounding 2012 Benghazi attack that killed four Americans, CNN reports
WASHINGTON – Is the CIA trying to cover up information relating to the Benghazi attack that killed four Americans?
Members of Congress are seeking an investigation into covert CIA efforts to move surface-to-air missiles out of Libya, through Turkey, and into the hands of Syrian rebels, CNN reported over the weekend.
Among the many secrets still yet to be told about the Benghazi mission, is just how many Americans were there the night of the September 2012 attack.
According to one source, that number was 35, with as many as seven wounded, some seriously. It is unknown how many of them were CIA.
A source told CNN that 21 Americans were working in the building known as the annex, believed to be run by the agency.
CNN said the CIA is involved in what one source calls an unprecedented attempt to keep the spy agency's Benghazi secrets from ever leaking out, subjecting its agents to frequent polygraph examinations.
The goal of the questioning, according to sources, is to find out if anyone is talking to the media or Congress.
The CIA's director at the time General David Petraeus was in favor of supplying Syrian rebels with weapons, along with then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Defense Minister Leon Panetta.
President Barack Obama however was against arming opposition forces for fear the arms would fall into the hands of extremists such as al-Qaeda terrorists.
US Rep. Frank Wolf, whose district includes CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia, is seeking a probe into the matter.
"I think it is a form of a cover-up, and I think it's an attempt to push it under the rug, and I think the American people are feeling the same way," he said.
"We should have the people who were on the scene come in, testify under oath, do it publicly, and lay it out. And there really isn't any national security issue involved with regards to that," he said.
Wolf is pushing for a congressional select committee to probe the matter and has enlisted the support of 150 fellow Republican members of Congress. They want to get to the bottom of the failures that took place in Benghazi, and find out just what the State Department and CIA were doing there.
The State Department told CNN it was only helping the new Libyan government destroy weapons deemed "damaged, aged or too unsafe retain," and that it was not involved in any transfer of weapons to other countries.
But the State Department also clearly told CNN, they "can't speak for any other agencies."
The CIA would not comment on whether it was involved in the transfer of any weapons.