Via Fox News: ‘CIA Operators Were Denied Request For Help During Benghazi Attack, Sources Say

Full post and video here.

‘Former Navy SEAL Tyrone Woods was part of a small team who was at the CIA annex about a mile from the U.S. consulate where Ambassador Chris Stevens and his team came under attack. When he and others heard the shots fired, they informed their higher-ups at the annex to tell them what they were hearing and requested permission to go to the consulate and help out. They were told to “stand down,” according to sources familiar with the exchange. Soon after, they were again told to “stand down.” 

Woods and at least two others ignored those orders and made their way to the consulate which at that point was on fire. Shots were exchanged. The rescue team from the CIA annex evacuated those who remained at the consulate and Sean Smith, who had been killed in the initial attack. They could not find the ambassador and returned to the CIA annex at about midnight.’

Woods was then killed by a mortar attack after about 6 hours and 20 minutes of fighting.  Still unfolding.

Addition:  Woods’ father spoke to Fox about the unsatisfying answers he got from the administration.  He’s not alone.  It would be nice to hear if there are good answers, and why the decisions that were made…were made.

Another Addition:  I should add that there may be good reasons why the above facts are simply incorrect.  Maybe there are sensitive reasons why no action was pursued.  I also recognize that there is a lot of populist and political motivation pushing to pursue the matter further, but there may also be political motivations for not pursuing the matter further.  We have four dead Americans involved in a 7 hour siege on what was essentially American soil.

Another:  Via Christopher Dickey, Eli Lake and Jaime Dettmer at Newsweek, the most accurate account of events about that night in Benghazi that I’ve come across.  A mess.

More from HotAir here.  There’s still a question of why it took so long to react, and why it’s taking so long, and how effective the current president’s policy is handling the rise of Islamism and those who will respond as enemies in the War On Terror.

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