Benghazi Attack a ‘Major Blow’ to CIA

Benghazi Attack a ‘Major Blow’ to CIA | CIA forced to evacuate spies after consulate sacked

The attack earlier this month on the Benghazi consulate, which killed four Americans including the US Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens was a blow to a lot of people. It cost the State Department its ambassador, it cost the Obama campaign the claim of Libya as a big “win” and it cost the Libyan government the pretense of security.

Lost in all the people who suffered from this, however, is the CIA, which officials say suffered a “catastrophic” loss after the destruction of the US Consulate, because it forced them to withdraw about a dozen spies who were staying there.

Not that the CIA was apparently doing a very good job. Even though officials say that they were surveilling a number of targets in Benghazi, and even though Libya was openly warning them about security risks, the US was caught entirely unawares by the attack.

The depth of CIA “cooperation” with the State Department isn’t well documented, though it has been established in previous incidents that the CIA has used the pretense of embassy employees to put spies in countries with the claim of diplomatic immunity, as with Raymond Davis in Pakistan, who the US claimed had “immunity” after he murdered two people in Lahore and after they admitted he was a CIA spy just pretending to be a consular employee.

The Libyan government has not commented on the story, so it is unclear if they were aware of the CIA operations in Benghazi or not.

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  • Guest

    Funny how you never think for a second, this could be Israeli retaliation for not taking your orders from them (the first of the 51 states, as they like to introduce it)

  • james

    If a superpower thinks it can defend itself by using spies, in other words traitors to their country, world and humanity, then good luck to them and goodbye.

  • John V. Walsh

    The official story is that American ambassador Christopher Stevens died of smoke inhalation. That seems very strange. Is it true?
    And there is all too much talk in the mainstream media, and even in one progressive outlet that Stevens was a hero or an "innocent" American. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Stevens was in the lead of those who carried out the bombing of Libya, killing tens of thousands and destroying Libya, the country with the highest Human Development Index in all of Africa. Innocent? Let us be honest, he was a war criminal, an agent of the US Empire and complicit in mass murder. He also was one of those who carried out a war that was never declared by Congress and hence was unconstitutional and illegal. Had he survived, he should have been indicted along with Hillary, Obomba and the rest. Perhaps one day that will happen – either in the US or The Hague. One can only hope.

  • Dr.Khan

    So basically what is the BLOWBACK for CIA in this…they did succeed bringing in DESTRUCTION to the con-sulate,it just went bit wrong and in the run they lost th vice-roy.CIA do murder their countrymen where ever necessary.Remeber Robin Rafael in 1988 US Viceroy to Pakistan,blown up with Gen Zia in the most safest of all planes..c-130.

  • Chauncy

    Regarding CIA/State Dept. collusion just check out Philip Agee's memoir, and then ask again "why do they hate us?"

  • Just today, DemocracyNow! was describing the evacuation of the Libyan embassy and the number of CIA operatives that were ousted and the only image one could concoct listening to the report was that of rats scurrying all over the place in the middle of the night. Still, Amerikans can't understand why the people of the ME hate them.

  • Popsiq

    I thought the Colombian hooker was a major 'blow' to the CIA.
    I stand corrected – that was the Secret Service, which has nothing to do with the CIA.

  • Czarchasm

    The CIA has made mistakes, but let's give them credit for installing the Muslim Brotherhood in our former client states in the Middle East.