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Benghazi Survivors Given NDAs at CIA Memorial Service for Woods, Doherty

1:02 AM, Nov 14, 2013 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
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In the letter to the CIA’s Benghazi survivors, Brennan explained that CIA officials in Benghazi were allowed to discuss the matter with the congressional oversight committees. “As you are probably aware, Congress remains interested in understanding the events surrounding the 11 September 2012 attacks on US facilities in Benghazi,” Brennan wrote. Congressional oversight committees “have asked that CIA leadership reach out to officers who were in Benghazi during the attacks to let them know of the committees’ interest in hearing first-hand accounts.” Brennan’s letter reminded CIA officers of the official procedures for talking to Congress – “contact your front office leadership, which will work with the CIA Office of Congressional Affairs, the committees, and you to set up the meeting.”

Mark Zaid, a national security attorney representing the three Benghazi survivors testifying Thursday, says the NDAs his clients were asked to sign were related to their experiences in Benghazi. Zaid, who says “the executive branch has continued to be cooperative – no threats, no intimidation” and “more responsive than what I am actually used to,” says the documents were redundant.

“There is no doubt that the NDAs would not have been presented to them had it not been for Benghazi. That is their impression and my analysis based on twenty years of experience.”

What’s more, says Zaid, “the NDAs in no way changed the legal landscape. They had already signed NDAs that bound them to certain obligations. These new ones were legally unnecessary.”

When pressed about whether being given "legally unnecessary" NDAs at a Benghazi memorial service might not be an attempt to intimidate, Zaid responded: "It was a subtle reminder of an already existing obligation, but they were not intimidated."

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