CBS correspondent Lara Logan, whose investigation into Benghazi led to a blockbuster expose on 60 Minutes, claims that the government is exerting great pressure on survivors not to talk. Between the prosecution of whistleblowers and the NSA spying tactics, witnesses are spooked and will generally only talk in person, which can delay an investigation.
Logan was asked about the obstacles she faced in reporting on the Benghazi attack.
“An extraordinary amount of pressure on the people involved not to talk. And an extraordinary amount of pressure on anyone in the government–the military side, the political side–not to say anything outside of official channels.”
“I mean, to the point where people that we’ve known for years would call people who were no longer in their positions, and they would call someone else that we knew, and messages would be delivered like that because there couldn’t be any trail linking you directly to our story.”
“The administration is cracking down so hard on leakers: no one wants to put anything in writing, everybody is scared to talk over the phone, people want to meet in person–all of that makes it that much harder to investigate anything.”
Lindsay Graham, R-SC has tweeted that he will hold up every Obama nominee until the survivors are allowed to talk to investigators.
In July Rep Frank Wolf, R-Va, revealed that survivors of Benghazi had been forced to sign nondisclosure forms and have to take regular lie detector tests on whether they are talking to the press or not.
“According to trusted sources that have contacted my office, many if not all of the survivors of the Benghazi attacks along with others at the Department of Defense, the CIA have been asked or directed to sign additional non-disclosure agreements about their involvement in the Benghazi attacks. Some of these new NDAs, as they call them, I have been told were signed as recently as this summer.”
On August 1st, Jake Tapper of CNN, revealed for the first time that there was a large group of CIA agents in Benghazi on the night of the attacks.
Logan’s report included an on the air interview with a British soldier using the pseudonym Morgan Jones. Jones claims he continually warned the compound that they did not have enough security. In the end, he said he got tired of hearing his own voice repeating the warning over and over again.
Lieutenant Colonel Andy Wood, a top American security official in Libya, said he spoke to Ambassador Stevens personally and told him,
“I made it known in a country team meeting, ‘You are gonna get attacked. You are gonna get attacked in Benghazi. It’s gonna happen. You need to change your security profile.’”