Status quaestionis, War & Peace

CAN DAVID PETRAEUS HANDLE THE TRUTH?

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By David Beilstein

ORLANDO, Fla. — Former Central Intelligence Agency director David Petraeus wants to tell Congress he “knew almost immediately after the September 11th attack, that the group Ansar al Sharia, the al-Qaeda sympathising group in Libya was responsible for the attacks,” news sources report.

Officials speculate the former director of the C.I.A., who resigned last week because of an extramarital affair involving his biographer, will distance himself from Obama administration, and U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice’s statements five days after the Benghazi attacks on Sept. 11, in testimony before Congress, on Friday, Nov. 16.

The session before Congress will be behind closed doors.

Sources believe the retired four-star General will claim he was uncertain why Ambassador Rice’s comments differed from the original intelligence information he received. According to sources, Petraeus laid out “talking points” approved by the intelligence community before his initial testimony on Benghazi.

Meanwhile, there are reports Petraeus’ paramour, Paula Broadwell, held significant classified material in her North Carolina home; information F.B.I. Agents collected earlier in the week at Broadwell’s consent. It is unclear what kind of classified information Broadwell was in possession of, official’s said.

 

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