11 October 2012
CIA Base in Benghazi, Libya
Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) was the first to unmask the spooks. Point
of order! Point of order! he called out as a State Department security
official, seated in front of an aerial photo of the U.S. facilities in Benghazi,
described the chaotic night of the attack. Were getting into
classified issues that deal with sources and methods that would be totally
inappropriate in an open forum such as this.
A State Department official assured him that the material was entirely
unclassified and that the photo was from a commercial satellite. I
totally object to the use of that photo, Chaffetz continued. He went
on to say that I was told specifically while I was in Libya I could
not and should not ever talk about what youre showing here today.
Now that Chaffetz had alerted potential bad guys that something valuable
was in the photo, the chairman, Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), attempted to lock
the barn door through which the horse had just bolted. I would direct
that that chart be taken down, he said, although it already had been
on C-SPAN. In this hearing room, were not going to point out
details of what may still in fact be a facility of the United States government
or more facilities.