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Intelligence official says 400 missiles stolen in Benghazi causing fear

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Another piece of the Benghazi puzzle fell into place Monday when an attorney for one of the whistleblowers who testified before Congress in May, disclosed that some 400 surface-to-air missiles “diverted in Libya,” were now “in the hands of some very ugly people.”

Joe DiGenova, a former U.S. attorney now representing Benghazi whistleblower Mark Thompson, appeared on WMAL’s Mornings On The Mall Monday, and said, “I do not know whether [the missiles] were at the annex, but it is clear the annex was somehow involved in the process of the distribution of those missiles,” according to WMAL.

DiGenova disclosed that since he began representing Thompson, who ran the crisis team of the counterterrorism bureau, he been contacted by several people who wanted to share this information.

“This information comes from a former intelligence official who stayed in constant contact with people in the special ops and intelligence community,” DiGenova said, “and it is pretty clear that the biggest concern right now is that 400 missiles, which have been diverted in Libya and have gotten into the hands of some very ugly people. And they are worried, specifically according to these sources, about an attempt to shoot down an airliner,” he added.

Now flashback to January, when Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., was questioning then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton about the possibility that the United States was using Benghazi as a routing center to smuggle arms into other countries.

When Paul asked if the United States was involved with buying, selling or “transferring weapons to Turkey,” Clinton replied with surprise, either real or feigned, “To Turkey?” according to the Washington Examiner.

“What I’d like to know is – the annex that was close by – were they involved with procuring, buying or selling, obtaining weapons, and were any of these weapons being transferred to other countries, any countries – Turkey included,” Paul said.

Clinton told Paul that he would have to ask the question of the “agency that ran the annex.” Watch the exchange between Sen. Paul and Secretary Clinton here. The relevant testimony begins at the 2:15 mark.

As the Examiner notes:

According to a report from CNN, there were “dozens” of Central Intelligence  agents in Benghazi at the time of the attack. The report also notes that many members of Congress are speculating that the CIA was operating in Benghazi for the purpose of transferring weapons to Syria from Turkey.

And those very agents were ordered to remain silent to the press and Congress. Is there any wonder why?

Listen to the interview provided by WMAL.

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