**UPDATED** Petraeus mistress Paula Broadwell reveals Benghazi attack may have had something to do with secret CIA prison


Apparently the CIA Annex in Benghazi had taken several Libyan militants as prisoners, according to Paul Broadwell at a University of Denver speech on October 26. She said that while it’s still being vetted, the US government believes that is the reason for the attack that killed our Ambassador, 2 CIA officers and former Navy SEALs, and one State Department officer.

Broadwell confirmed in her speech that the CIA officers in Benghazi had called for backup and were requesting a Delta Force group called the “Commander in Chief’s In Extremis Force”. She said they could have come and reinforced the consulate. She didn’t give a reason as to why they didn’t, but did indicate that there had been a ‘failure in the system’. She says that Petraeus knew all of this within 24 hours of the attack but wasn’t allowed to talk to the press.

Watch the video clip from her University of Denver speech and read the report below:

ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS – Military expert Paula Broadwell, who was allegedly improperly involved with resigned CIA Director Gen. David Petraeus, confirmed in October that the CIA annex in Benghazi asked for reinforcements when the consulate came under attack on September 11. She also acknowledged that “there was a failure in the system.”

Broadwell was speaking at her alma mater, the University of Denver, on October 26. Her lecture, which is on YouTube under the title “Alumni Symposium 2012 Paula Broadwell,” now has added value, because based on the recent disclosures, it can now be assumed that she indeed knew exactly what it was that Petraeus knew about the attack.

Broadwell confirmed the reports on Fox News that the CIA annex asked for a special unit, the Commander in Chief’s In Extremis Force, to come and assist it. She also said that the force could indeed have reinforced the consulate, and that Petraeus knew all of this, but was not allowed to talk to the press because of his position in the CIA.

“The challenge has been the fog of war, and the greater challenge is that it’s political hunting season, and so this whole thing has been turned into a very political sort of arena, if you will,” she said. “The fact that came out today is that the ground forces there at the CIA annex, which is different from the consulate, were requesting reinforcements.

“They were requesting the – it’s called the C-in-C’s In Extremis Force – a group of Delta Force operators, our very, most talented guys we have in the military. They could have come and reinforced the consulate and the CIA annex. Now, I don’t know if a lot of you have heard this but the CIA annex had actually taken a couple of Libyan militia members prisoner, and they think that the attack on the consulate was an attempt to get these prisoners back. It’s still being vetted.

“The challenging thing for Gen. Petraeus is that in his new position, he’s not allowed to communicate with the press. So he’s known all of this – they had correspondence with the CIA station chief in Libya, within 24 hours they kind of knew what was happening.”

(h/t: WND)

UPDATE: The CIA has come out adamantly denying Broadwell’s claim that they had prisoners at the CIA annex in Benghazi:

DAILY CALLER – The Central Intelligence Agency denied charges Sunday that its annex in Benghazi, Libya secretly held a few jihadi prisoners until it was destroyed in the Sept. 11, 2012 attack. Paula Broadwell, the girlfriend then-CIA chief Gen. David Petraeus, made that claim during an Oct. 26 speech in Denver, Colo.

An agency spokesperson told The Daily Beast that “[t]he CIA has not had detention authority since January 2009, when Executive Order 13491 was issued. Any suggestion that the Agency is still in the detention business is uninformed and baseless.”

One possible explanation, The Daily Beast wrote, is that Broadwell was confused about a report she had heard that day on the Fox News Channel.

“According to a source on the ground at the time of the attack,” Fox News’ Jennifer Griffin reported Oct. 26, “the team inside the CIA annex had captured three Libyan attackers and was forced to hand them over to the Libyans. U.S. officials do not know what happened to those three attackers and whether they were released by the Libyan forces.”


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  • WordsFailMe

    The obfuscation continues apace; the trail and the heroes get colder and colder.

  • MaxineCA

    “Military expert Paula Broadwell,….” Really? She’s in the reserves (not to diminish reserve patriots) or does sleeping with a 4 star make you an expert? Or repeating Fox News reports make her a freaking expert?

    I’m sorry, she dishonored herself and her husband. Petraeus dishonored his wife, family and our country. The last person I want to hear from is this POS sleazebag…. don’t want to break the rules so you can fill in the blanks.

    I’ll trust Jennifer Griffin, Catherine Herridge and a few others for the facts. I’m already sick of seeing her face, just like I was with Fluke. These women disgust me.

    • chatterbox365

      I read somewhere she graduated from West Point and served in the military for 15 years. Given her current situation, I guess we know how she gains her expertise.

      • MaxineCA

        Yeah, I know. Too bad she made a bad choice to dishonor herself as did the General. It’s a sad situation for their families and our country to see a great patriot leave his career as he did.

      • Orangeone

        And doesn’t that just drive a large stake into women. Once again, reduced to sex-objects.

    • Sorry Max, the only “Dishonoring” to Our Nation, is the American deaths allowed by our ‘left them Behind’ commander n’ chief.

      I’ll trust far Right Fox, over the insensitive cover-up of deaths by the Left.

      • BobFromDistrict9

        “Sorry Max, the only “Dishonoring” to Our Nation, is the American deaths allowed by our ‘left them Behind’ commander n’ chief. ”

        Yes, George W. Bush disgraced this nation.

    • Rshill7
      • RighteousCrow_JustCaws

        Can’t say enough about the despicable, deluded press. They can exalt the scum and bury the virtuous with or without knowledge of the truth. [Speaking from personal experience].
        How can they sleep at night? Have to be in total denial.

    • BlueGood

      Maxine, she’s had a LOT of INPUT from Gen. Betrayus…therefore she appears to feel & speak empowered, fulfilled and EXSPURTED.

      Note how she says “WE”…WE’RE…What a SLAG!

  • colliemum

    I’m sorry, but this has as much weight as any of our theories, seeing that she and we still do not have all information.
    But in a pinch – I’d rather go with Jennifer Griffin, who has, shall we say, better sources and information than Ms Broadwell.

    I’d also suggest that Ms Broadwell made her remarks to drop the name of Gen Petraeues, and to make herself look important and ‘in the know’.
    (Yeah, I know – meow …)

    • Nobody is suggesting we use Broadwell’s claim as BIBLE. But being that she is so close to Petraeus it adds legitimacy to her claim.

      • MaxineCA

        Sorry Scoop, I rarely disagree with you but on this one I must. Sleeping with someone doesn’t add to one’s credibility or legitimacy, if you know what I mean.

        • kong1967

          No, but there’s an increased chance that they would have talked about things he wouldn’t talk about to just any woman. That might not give her credibility but it gives credibility to the argument that the information could have been shared. No one lies about pillow talk. (sarc.) 🙂

          • BobFromDistrict9

            If he did talk about any of that with her his resignation was required, and he left in shame.

            • kong1967

              Of course. I find it hard to believe, but it’s possible.

      • colliemum

        Good morning, Scoop!

        May I respectfully suggest that this ‘claim’ by Ms Broadwell is not exactly credible because by the time she made it, her affaire with Gen Petraeus was already over.
        Worse, Gen Petraeus was allegedly being interviewed by the FBI at that time, although i don’t know if she knew that.

        Her acts (harassing another woman) show me that she is a vindictive woman. Looking at the date she made this statement (Oct 26th), I think one might even speculate that she was trying to smear Gen Petraeus, who, as she said herself, could at that date not speak in public.

        I think it is excellent to have her statement – thank you, scoop! – but it goes more towards debating the very odd circumstances of Gen Petraeus’ resignation than to what really happened in Benghazi.

        • Orangeone

          All good points. I wonder if she blew the whistle to anyone. If she wanted to get back at Betrayus, why didn’t she go to Issa, Gowdy? Now it comes out that Eric Cantor knew before the election and said nothing. Another [email protected] RINO that betrayed us. I am sick of them thinking “it could look bad on the party if we say something”. We are ENTITLED to the truth from our representatives and need to recall each of the liars starting with Cantor and Boehner.

          • colliemum

            Hi there, Orangeone!

            Cantor knew? He effing well knew and didn’t say a thing??

            This is absolutely incredible. Are there enough TEA Party Reps to take his post away from him, and from Boehner? They’re not ‘freshmen’ any longer, are they. Time for them to stand up.

            • Orangeone

              Morning / afternoon!

              Oh yes, Cantor knew and said NOTHING.  Even CNN is now reporting so they can slam the GOP and claim they knew and didn’t tell the Dems (Feinstein).  The media has turned this on the GOP!

              • colliemum

                Thanks for that link, from which this quote:
                “Doug Heye said Cantor, a Republican, was tipped to the information by an FBI employee. The congressman had a conversation with the official, described as a whistle-blower, about the affair and national security concerns involved in the matter, he said.
                The New York Times reported Saturday that on October 31, Cantor’s chief of staff phoned the FBI to inform the agency about the call between the congressman and the FBI official. The Times reported that Cantor learned of the whistle-blower through Rep. Dave Reichert, R-Washington.
                A spokeswoman for Reichert told CNN on Sunday that the Times article was accurate but that the congressman had no further comment on his involvement in the case.”

                Erm, excuse my ignorance – but who is this Doug Heye?

                In any case, it seems a FBI whistleblower told Cantor, or Reichert, and it wasn’t an official statement. So I sort of understand why they didn’t go public with this.
                Madame Feinstein can pound sand, she should ask herself why FBI operatives obviously don’t trust her.

                As for the corrupt MSM using this new information to blast the GOP -heh, that’s their modus operandi, nothing unusual.
                Pity that the GOP reps involved don’t fight back – also as per usual …

                • Orangeone

                  Cantor needs to be under oath and answer for this.  Another opportunity to see our guy Gowdy grill!

                • colliemum

                  Another opportunity for me to pay-per-view, and gladly!

                  I loved his interview with Judge Jeanine yesterday, and on top of his fierce intellect, he’s got a devastating smile – it came right at the end. Shallow of me, I know, sigh …

                • Orangeone

                  Not shallow at all. He’s a cutie with an intellect that is unmatched!

                • Orangeone

                  colliemum, SC, along with 19 other states have petitioned to secede from the US and it’s published on Barky Boys govt website!  It only takes 15,000 signatures to require gov’t response. Care to live in SC?  I’ll be packing up and moving my profitable business if they are granted permission!  I’ll gladly sponsor your family 🙂 http://dailycaller.com/2012/11/11/white-house-website-deluged-with-secession-petitions-from-19-states/

                • colliemum

                  Now there’s a lovely idea! The weather is bound to be better than here in Wales …

                • Orangeone

                  I was in Wales for a very, very short time as I tried to find an airport to get me from northern England to the US during the 2nd bombing attack in 2005.
                  SC is a beautiful state!

          • BobFromDistrict9

            Evidence that Cantor knew before the election?

        • shadowram

          Broadwell is a doctoral candidate in the Department of War Studies, King’s College, London. My first thought – why would anyone with her advanced military geopolitical education make a statement about prisoners being held by the CIA – anyone with her background would know that this was illegal as of 2009. This was done on purpose – either that or she left her brains at home on the day of that speech. I’ll pick the former. This was calculated and do not believe for a second it was for merely petty vindictive reasons, she is much too intelligent for that. There is much more to this story in Libya that has nothing to do with the soap opera.

      • Rshill7

        A brief scan of her bio shows that she is indeed an expert. No need to back pedal a single turn Scoop. If she is not an expert, who is?

        Not only is she an expert, she was right in the thick of things. Is she right or wrong? Who knows, but an expert, she most definitely is. I think that’s one reason she and Petraeus got together. They admired one another.

        This is one highly unusual, highly trained, woman.

        • Yeah I read this morning that she had top-secret clearance. You are correct, she wasn’t just a mistress.

  • MaxineCA

    Oh good grief Scoop, you are better than that headline. I mean really? We capture 3 of the terrorist, hold them and then release them to the Libyans and somehow that equates the annex to being a secret prison?????? I’m disappointed.

    • When did they release them to the Libyans? I never read that or perhaps I missed it. You’ll need to enlighten me on that.

      Also, I’m not alleging some kind of nutty conspiracy as you seem to be suggesting. If the CIA was in fact imprisoning Libyan militants at the CIA annex in Benghazi, something not known officially as a ‘prison’, then would it not be a secret CIA prison?

      Look, even if this is true and they had held militants there at the Annex, I’m not suggesting they were wrong for doing so. They may have had good reason to do so. I’m just calling it for what it is.

      Sorry to disappoint you.

      Also, don’t got to Breitbart or American Thinker because they will disappoint you as well as they used the same language I did.

      • MaxineCA

        It was my understanding that they had captured 3 guys that were involved in the attacks that day. Unfortunately, once a theory is picked up it spreads like wild fire without any validation.

        Read the last part of the Scoop post:
        “Jennifer Griffin reported Oct. 26, “the team inside the CIA annex had captured three Libyan attackers and was forced to hand them over to the Libyans. U.S. officials do not know what happened to those three attackers and whether they were released by the Libyan forces.”

        I’ll take Jennifer’s reporting over a mistress. I’m sure hoping all of the facts will come out eventually.

        Hey…. it’s way past your bedtime!

        • Hey, I’ll take Jennifer’s reporting over a mistress as well.

          As I said before, nobody is telling you take her comments as gospel. We are merely reporting what she said because of her close ties to Petraeus.

          Also, the last part of my post, the update, was added after I had already written the post.

          • MaxineCA

            Ya know, I’m sure hoping the truth comes out about this whole Benghazi thing. We have 4 Americans dead and we have no idea what the heck they were doing there to begin with and why additional security was denied months before and actually reduced.

            I think the families of those that died in Benghazi, as well as the US citizens deserve some answers. None of us know for sure what the mission was there. IF the annex was to hold terrorists (which we don’t know to be true) similar to the black sites , I’m OK with that, if that ends up being the truth.

            I’m a very fact based person and connect my own dots. There are many spaces between those dots before I can draw a conclusion on this one. I wish everyone would not jump to conclusions at this point. The arrows are pointing in one direction for certain and it doesn’t end well for out country.

            • Orangeone

              Truth while Barky Boy is in office will be silenced. But for the bravery of 2 whistleblowers, we wouldn’t know as much as we do about Benghazi.

            • BobFromDistrict9

              We do know what happened there, unless Petraeus was lying.

              We know why they were there. The Ambassador was there because he decided to go there to consult with local officials. Two others were security. They were CIA contractors and former Navy Seals one was at the annex when it all started, the other arrived with the security team from Tripoli. One was a computer expert. He was also an Air Force vet.

              Oh, one of the former seals was active in a military religious freedom group that fights religious intolerance in the military. Now there’s a conspiracy point for you.

              OH, the pentagon has released it’s timeline also.

  • classfashion

    this entire benghazi & 2012 election is just an example of why obama needs to go! he’s corrupt and now we have to put up with his socialist agenda another 4 years which by that time might be to late to ever be able to fix.


    It has become blatantly obvious the voter fraud that was committed during the 2012 Presidential elections. In one county alone in Ohio, which was a battleground state, President Obama received 106,258 votes…but there were only 98,213 eligible voters. It’s not humanly possible to get 108% of the vote!

    If ID laws had been enforced (which the administration is completely against because that meant they would lose) then this wouldn’t be an issue.

    Recount NOW!


    • MaxineCA

      I think your voter fraud has merit, but I think a bit off topic. We are angry about the election, but please stay on topic. I’m sure Scoop will post an OT soon which would be more appropriate.

    • This is your only warning. If you keep spamming this petition in every thread you will be banned. You’ve been doing it all day and we don’t allow that here. See comment rule #8.


  • p m

    Sounds like another zero ‘spokesperson’ – fog of war, politicization – we’ve heard those words before, have we not?
    Is the murder of 4 Americans, one an ambassador, to be dismissed so lightly in order not to ‘politicize’ the atrocity? Apparently so, for this fraudulent administration. Such disdain is shameful.

  • chatterbox365

    Sounds like a selfish woman who will do anything to gain status and make herself look important.

    However, mistresses usually know a lot more information because of the relationship they have with their lover. Her comments are interesting, but I will give more weight to Jennifer Griffin. If Broadwell is as smart as they say, she should keep her mouth shut. I would not want to be on the wrong side of the CIA.

  • My question are those boobs real?

    • Probably

    • Seriously? That’s your question. (sigh)

    • Orangeone

      Please stop the disrespectful comments about #LadyParts on this site and go back to HuffPo

  • Notice the CIA denied the story about the annex being used as a prison, but it did NOT deny that there was a special Delta Force group that could have saved them. Also, this implies that EVERYBODY knew from the beginning that this had nothing to do with a stupid video. Then why did Press Secretary Jay Carney, the President, Vice President, Hillary Clinton, and the State Department keep pushing this idea? And why didn’t the White House release these Delta Force troops to assist the CIA annex when it was desperately needed? THOSE are some major questions that need to be answered.

  • Obama must be impeached for this cover up

    • Orangeone

      Before or after impeachment for the others. Not only did he run up more debt than 41 prior presidents, he participated in more scandals as well.

  • warpmine

    Next question: If the FBI came to know this, why wasn’t it dumped out in public before the election. Wait, never mind.

    • Orangeone

      And if she was mouthing in October, why didn’t the MSM pick it up and run with it? Ditto on the wait, never mind.

  • Yazz55

    Who wins and who loses in this soap opera?

    I think the answer to that goes a long way in explaining all this.

    • Who wins and who loses? It’s always the American people who lose.

  • We need a giant fan to blow all this “fog of war” carp away so we can finally see the truth of what happened.

    Trying to get the truth out of this admin is like trying to take a lively eel off a hook if you finally manage to reel it in. It jerks the line, tried to go around rocks to cut the line, will break it if you’re not really careful and when you finally land it. It’s a nightmare to get a grip on, slipping through your hands wrapping around your wrists and all you can do to hold it, let alone unhook it!

    • Rshill7

      Doood, let’s go fishing! I use high-tech, ridiculously tough to break line, and wear fish-grippin’ gloves 🙂

      • Been a while since I fished (when I was a boy)… But fish-grippin’ gloves? You can get those now? I lost more hooks to eels than any other fish (you could see them through the water), but I liked the taste (still do) so used to try and catch them.

        • Rshill7

          Yep, you need to cut an eels head off usually. A catfish will swallow that hook too. I use a tight mesh glove that is rubberized on the palms…cuz Northern Pike have some serious teef 🙂

          How is this on topic? Easy, some women are being quite catty about this whole fishy thing.

          • That’s a red herring right there! 🙂

  • Spartan4Palin

    Something doesn’t sit we’ll with me on many fronts. But why wouldn’t Panetta know about investigation on Patraeus? Once he became Director of DoD he should’ve known about the rumors and then the investigation? Why wasn’t he asked? And what did he hope to achieve? If Patraeus came in after Gaddafi was killed, Panetta would have known about the CIA annex? When were the two Libyans picked up? Why did Zawahiri make the statement to avenge Al-Libi when he was killed in a drone strike in Pakistan June of last year?


  • Rocco11

    What about “our” Saxby Chambliss folks? It’s gotta be time for a 3rd party folks, I don’t recognize these RINO skunks…

  • detectivedick

    Maybe we all need some music for this Hollywood movie.

  • SPELL9

    it keeps getting Curiouser and curiouser.

  • anneinarkansas

    Oh, for a Press like we had in Watergate!

  • DIA 1 – CIA 0

  • AmyInWI

    ….isn’t pillow talk a wonderful thing? I mean, how else would a biographer & LtCol in the Air Force NG know such things?

    We’re learning more & more about the General – not good things either. I take back anything complimentary I said about him. I would be happy to see him recalled & court martialed. He was active duty while having these affairs and there’s no reason he should be immune.

  • With those arms I fear she could rip my head off in a cage fight. Wouldn’t want to mess with her!

    She sounds like a flaky amateur. I’m surprised she was an intelligence officer when her answer is all over the place. Doesn’t sound very articulate. It’s like she is trying to squeeze as many juicy pieces of intel out in the one answer to make her look smart and in the know.

    Hope the congressional investigation doesn’t get sidetracked by the sex scandal. It’s a juicy story that will keep people interested in the bengahzi story.

    Time for Petreaus to start singing they are trying to destroy his reputation. May as well go down fighting. He can’t get any lower than this. they’ve pulled his pants are down to his ankles now.

  • puma_for_life

    This Benghazi/CIA/Petreaus scandal is really huge but no one has exactly figured out what it is all about yet. Here is an interesting interview: