According to Representative Frank Wolf (R-VA), a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) employee, who refused to sign a non-disclosure agreement that would bar him from discussing his knowledge of the September 11, 2012 jihadist attacks in Benghazi, Libya, has been suspended. As a result of his suspension, he has had to hire legal counsel.
This information comes out over a month since word broke that the CIA agents that were in Benghazi were being silenced by the agency, put through monthly polygraphs, and even having their families threatened.
The Washington Free Beacon reports:
“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,” Wolf said. “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.
In a letter sent from CIA Director John Brennan to Mike Rogers, Chairman of Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Brennan denies that the CIA neither forced employees to sign NDAs nor forced them to submit to polygraph tests.
He even went to the trouble to hand write “I want to assure you that I will not tolerate any effort to prevent our intelligence oversight committee from doing their jobs” at the bottom of the letter.
Wolf’s statement came on the same day that Darrell Issa (R-CA), Chairman of the House Oversight Committee, release a report which exposed the shortcomings of the State Department’s internal investigation into the Benghazi attack. Everyone saw that coming. Can we really expect a department of the federal government to investigate itself? I think not.
Issa gave a scathing critique of the State Department, saying that it “obstructed” investigators, and that the ARB “did not conduct thorough interviews,” “may have been affected by conflicts of interest” and was “not comprehensive.” It also went on to point out that senior officials were not held accountable.
“The ARB was not fully independent,” Issa said in a statement. “The panel did not exhaustively examine failures, and it has led to an unacceptable lack of accountability.”
“While Ambassador (Thomas) Pickering and Admiral (Michael) 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,” Issa said.
Well now that we know the State Department’s report cannot fully be trusted, perhaps we can get some people to actually do a real investigation in the facts.
Tim Brown is the Editor of Freedom Outpost and a regular contributor to The D.C. Clothesline.