Benghazigate appears to be headed to strange new directions all the time. Earlier I had said that I didn’t hear of any report about the CIA annex in Benghazi being used to hold Islamist militia members linked to Al Qaeda. The FOX anchor doesn’t seem to be familiar with it either, but Jennifer Griffin mentions that she did make a similar report earlier, so it’s possible that Paula Broadwell was actually repeating a FOX News report that she heard, rather than sharing inside intelligence.
The CIA is denying any claims that prisoners were held at the annex pointing out that they don’t have the legal authorization to do so. However there are all sorts of ways around that, including using Libyans to do all the work, while the CIA provides the questions, and we know that is still a technique in use.
The impact that this new twist, if true, has on Benghazigate is that the CIA maintained a facility of this sort in a city controlled by Islamist militias with fairly light security. It was obviously unwise to maintain both the consulate and the annex in Benghazi at the same time.
One question that arises is why the consulate was attacked first and then the annex. One possible answer is that the attack on the consulate and the evacuation of personnel exposed the annex. Another is that the militias were not sure at which location any prisoners might have been held.
But all this does is highlight the irresponsibility of Obama and his cronies in putting US personnel into such a dangerous situation and then failing to provide them with support.