Contributed by Cultural Limits – The Constitution Club
Here we go! The Foggy Bottom Theater of Scandal is now back in action!
As reported by the The Washington Free Beacon, a CIA employee who refused to sign a non-disclosure agreement barring him from discussing the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, has been suspended as a result and forced to hire legal counsel, according to a top House lawmaker.
Rep. Frank Wolf (R., Va.) revealed at an event on Monday that his office was anonymously informed about the CIA employee, who is purportedly facing an internal backlash after refusing to sign a legal document barring him from publicly or privately discussing events surrounding the Benghazi attack.
The revelation comes about a month after several media outlets reported that CIA employees with knowledge of the terror attack had been forced to sign non-disclosure agreements (NDA) and submit to regular polygraph tests.
“The reports on the NDA are accurate. We’re getting people who call,” Wolf said Monday during an event marking the launch of the Citizens’ Commission on Benghazi, a panel of former military and intelligence officials who are investigating unanswered questions surrounding the Benghazi incident.
Wolf’s office first received the anonymous call earlier in the summer, soon after CNN and Fox News reported on the NDAs and polygraph tests.
The caller told Wolf’s staff that an unnamed CIA employee has been suspended after refusing to sign a Benghazi-related NDA.
“My office received a call from a man saying that he knew a CIA employee who has retained legal counsel because he has refused to sign an additional NDA regarding the Sept. 11, 2012, events in Benghazi,” Wolf said in Sept. 9 remarks at a panel discussion hosted by Judicial Watch.
“I called the law firm and spoke with CIA employee’s attorney who confirmed that her client is having an issue with the agency and the firm is trying to address it. Based on my past experiences with the CIA, which is headquartered in my congressional district, I am not at all confident that these efforts will be successful.”
The NDA agreements are meant to instill fear in employees and stop them from speaking “to the media or Congress,” Wolf said on Monday.
This follows Rep. Wolf’s interview with LibertyNEWS.com last week:
And in the same week as Rep. Darrell Issa’s assertion that the Benghazi probe did nothing to expose those who were responsible for the disaster. From newsmax.com:
The Oversight Committee was looking at the State Department evaluation by its Accountability Review Board (ARB). The committee said the board, chaired by former UN ambassador Thomas Pickering and former Joint Chiefs chairman Adm. Michael Mullen did not take the senior officials to task.
Instead, it claimed, four lower level individuals were singled out for “accountability” though none of these had made the crucial security decision at the Benghazi mission. The four were later re-instated, Fox News reported.
“The ARB was not fully independent,” said Issa, a California Republican, as he released the report Monday.
“The panel did not exhaustively examine failures and it has led to an unacceptable lack of accountability. While Ambassador Pickering and Admiral Mullen have honorably served their country, the families of victims and the American people continue to wait for more conclusive answers about how our government left our own personnel so vulnerable and alone the night of the attack.”
The report determined that the State Department’s internal review was not comprehensive because it did not conduct thorough interviews of officials most closely involved in the decision making. It said Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs second-in-command Elizabeth Dibble appeared before the internal review once for only 90-minutes.
Hmm …. Most curious. (Okay, not really. Lip service reports are a sure sign something hinky was going on.)
Far from being forgotten on Capitol Hill, these previews of a Benghazi feature presentation are hints of the explosion that should happen when and if the House of Representatives committees get the cooperation they should have been getting for the past year regarding this investigation. With the little bits of the drama dribbling out, and the extreme efforts by both the CIA and FBI to keep personnel with direct knowledge of the incident from talking, there’s something massive out there.
Guns or drugs. The only other thing that warrants this sort of cover-up is sex. Who knows. Could be all three.