Prior to the Obama Administration’s false account that the Benghazi attack was the result of a protest over a YouTube video, the CIA station chief in Libya fully denied to the administration that any demonstration had occurred.
A full day before Obama sent then-UN Ambassador Susan Rice on the Sunday talk show circuit to push the narrative that the attacks were the result of protest over an anti-Muslim YouTube video, then-Deputy CIA Director Michael Morell received an email from the station chief saying “the attack was not an escalation of protests.”
It is unclear whether Morell, who has since left the CIA to join political firm Beacon Global Strategies, passed the information along to his superiors. Morell is expected to be grilled on this exact issue on Wednesday when he will testify in front of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
A source close to Morell has told the Washington Times that “the whole question of communication with the station chief will be addressed in his testimony. We’re confident that it will clarify the situation in the minds of many who are asking.”
Another source defended the Administration, though, saying the email from the station chief was just one of many contradictory pieces of information they had received. “That’s why they ultimately came up with the analysis that they did,” he said. “The piece that was coming out of Tripoli was important, but it was one piece amid several streams of information.”
“The chief of station in Tripoli who was 600 or 700 miles away from the attacks wouldn’t necessarily have the only view of what actually went on in Benghazi,” the source added.