In his book Blood Feud, author Ed Klein reveals what the actual mission the CIA annex was in Benghazi and how the State Department mission’s purpose was to provide cover for an illegal CIA operation running guns from Libya to the Syrian opposition.
“At 5:41 PM of the day of the attack on the mission, Hillary called David Petraeus. Hillary asked Petraeus what his agents on the ground were reporting from Benghazi. More important, she wanted to know why the CIA had failed to send reinforcements from its annex in Benghazi to the mission.
“At this point, Hillary was operating on the assumption that Petraeus, not she, was the official on the hot seat. She had good reason to believe that, since the American effort in Benghazi was from the first to last a CIA operation. Of the forty or so American officials stationed in Benghazi, only seven worked for the State Department. The consulate’s primary purpose was to provide cover for the thirty-plus Americans who worked for the CIA.
“Hillary personally ordered the consulate to remain open in order to accommodate the CIA’s mission. As she knew all too well, the CIA was involved in the clandestine—and probably illegal—transfer of weapons out of eastern Libya, through Turkey, and into the hands of rebel groups fighting against the regime of Bashar al-Assad in Syria. Those weapons, including rocket launchers, were purchased from al-Qaeda-affiliated militias in Libya.
“All of this was being done without the knowledge or consent of the United States Congress, whose intelligence committees were charged with exercising oversight of the CIA.
“The Obama administration has never publicly admitted to its role in creating what the CIA calls a ‘rat line,’ a back channel highway into Syria,” investigative reporter Seymour M. Hersh wrote in the London Review of Books. The rat line was used to funnel weapons and ammunition from Libya via southern Turkey and across the Syrian border to the opposition. Many of those in Syria who ultimately received the weapons were jihadists, some of them affiliated with al-Qaida.”
“In short, the Obama administration was secretly arming its chief global enemy, al-Qaeda, in an operation that had many of the earmarks of the Iran-Contra scandal, which had rocked the foundations of the Reagan administration twenty-six years before.”
According to Klein, when it became clear that the Obama administration was attempting to blame the State Department and, by implication, Hillary for the lack of security at the mission in Benghazi, Bill Clinton assembled a team of legal experts to review the situation.
“In their legal pinion, the paper trail showed that Hillary had kept the Benghazi mission open, despite security concerns, because the Obama administration had asked her to. She was following orders from the President’s National Security Council. The State Department outpost was a vital part of the CIA’s secret arms shipment operation to opposition fighters in Syria. What’s more, Hillary had taken the appropriate steps to deal with the security issues when she struck a secret agreement with the CIA: in return for providing diplomatic cover for the classified CIA operation, the CIA would take responsibility for the security of the small State Department mission. She had no way of knowing that when militiamen linked to al-Qaeda attacked the mission, the members of the CIA team in Benghazi hesitated to respond to the attack because they were under standing orders to avoid violent encounters.”