WH: Benghazi Attack Drone Footage Went To DoD, Not Us

There has been no doubt that live video footage was being streamed from drones overhead in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012 when the U.S. Consulate was attacked and led to the deaths of four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens. The question has arisen and has yet to be answered, “Who was watching the video feed?” The White House is maintaining that the video was not made available to them. But reports abound that the White House, along with the Pentagon, State Department and the CIA all caught the live feed.

First, The Washington Time reports,

The Obama administration has declined to respond to media requests for details about who was watching the live video, but a senior defense official told The Washington Times that “the surveillance aircraft captured footage of events on the ground” and “it wasn’t available that night at the White House.”

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The officials said the “overhead footage was available at a DOD location,” and they declined to comment further.

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Questions about the drone video have largely gotten lost amid the raucous political theater that has arisen in the aftermath of the Benghazi attack, in which U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, former Navy SEALs Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods, and State Department officer Sean Smith were slain.

Spokeswoman Victoria Nuland of the The State Department’s Accountability Review Board, which was conducting the investigation into Benghazi, said that Secratary of State Hillary Clinton “asked them to try to meet a 60- to 65-day timeline.” Obviously, since this happened in September, that time frame would have fallen well past the 2012 election.

A State Department official claimed that there was clearly video available from the closed-circuit security cameras on the outer walls of the consulate. In fact, the official said that the main gate showed “a large number of men, armed men, flowing into the compound” at approximately 9:40pm on the night of the attack.

According to the Defense Department, the drone footage began about two hours after the assault began.

While the White House and State Department have both tried to push the knowledge of the attack over to the Department of Defense and not claim they had immediate knowledge of it is highly suspicious. We do know the White House had emails informing them of the attack. We know that they were aware of Special Forces Operations on the ground and yet they did absolutely nothing and in the aftermath peddled a known lie about the whole reason the attacks occurred in the first place.

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