A retired U.S. Air Force major said it was known during the Benghazi attack who was behind it because the Islamic terrorists used seized State Department cellphones to report up the chain on their success.
And U.S. spy agencies were listening in on the calls in real time.
The claim directly contradicts the narrative put forth by the White House in the aftermath of the attack that an anti-Muslim video played a role.
In an exclusive interview on Fox News’ “Special Report,” retired Air Force Major Eric Stahl said members of a CIA-trained Global Response Staff were “confused” by the repeated claims that the attack evolved from a spontaneous protest over the video because “they knew during the attack…who was doing the attacking.”
“Right after they left the consulate in Benghazi and went to the safehouse, they were getting reports that cell phones, consulate cell phones, were being used to make calls to the attackers’ higher ups,” Stahl told host Brett Baier.
According to Fox News, Stahl piloted the aircraft that was used to transport the four Americans who died in the attack. Stahl said his crew could have reached Benghazi in time to help those on the ground, had they been asked to do so.
“We were on a 45-day deployment to Ramstein air base,” he told Fox News. “And we were there basically to pick up priority missions, last-minute missions that needed to be accomplished.”
“You would’ve thought that we would have had a little bit more of an alert posture on 9/11,” Stahl added. “A hurried-up timeline probably would take us [an] hour-and-a-half to get off the ground and three hours and fifteen minutes to get down there.”
“So we could’ve gone down there and gotten them easily,” he added.
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