Benghazi Heroes Contradict Account Of CIA Chief
Today, Michael Bay’s “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” is being released. The movie depicts “six members of the Annex Security Team defend the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, from an attack by Islamic militants.” The Obama administration is now contradicting these American heroes and trying to claim there was no stand-down order. According to The Washington Post’s Adam Goldman and Greg Miller’s reporting:
It is the most fateful moment in a movie that purports to present a searingly accurate account of the 2012 attacks that left four Americans dead in Benghazi, Libya: a scene in which the highest-ranking CIA operative at a secret agency compound orders his security team to “stand down” rather than rush off to rescue U.S. diplomats under siege less than a mile away.
According to the officer in charge of the CIA’s Benghazi base that night, the scene in the movie is entirely untrue.
“There never was a stand-down order,” said the base chief known as Bob, speaking publicly for the first time. “At no time did I ever second guess that the team would depart.”
This directly contradicts what security team members Mark Geis, Kris Paronto and John Tiegen told Fox’s Megyn Kelly just a few days ago:
This directly contradicts what security team members Mark Geis, Kris Paronto and John Tiegen told Fox’s Megyn Kelly just a few days ago:KELLY: These guys in the meantime are off at the CIA annex, another post, it’s a mile, less than a mile away, chomping a bit saying, send us, send us. You can hear the distress calls. You can hear the radio calls of the State Department personnel saying, we’re going to die, we’re going to die, we’re going to die. The CIA station chief where you were at the time told you repeatedly, according to the movie, stand down. We saw that in the trailer. Used the words “stand down.” Is that how you remember it?
JOHN TIEGEN, AS TIG: Yes. I mean, there was the chief of the base, chief, and our team leader sitting on the front porch and told me to stand down.
Later on in the recounting of the attack, Tiegen told Kelly they were asked to stand down not once but three times:
KELLY: How many times did he tell you to stand down?
TIEGEN: He already told Tanto to wait twice, and he told me to stand down. Which even a “wait” technically is pretty much a stand down, too.
TIEGEN: You know, it’s just — I don’t know why he would rely on militia that’s not even military trained. They’re barely trained —
According to the Washington Post’s reporting they aren’t the only ones standing by the film:
The author of the book, Mitchell Zuckoff, said in a telephone interview that he stands by the depiction and that it is based on first-hand accounts.
“I think the evidence is extremely strong that the guys’ account is far more credible” than that of the CIA chief, Zuckoff said.
It’s not surprising that the Obama administration is pushing back against these American heroes. The Daily Beast has called “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” “The Movie Hillary Clinton Doesn’t Want You to See”
As was the case with Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, the Obama administration will do anything to prop up and distract from her disastrous record as Secretary of State.