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Not a ‘Bogus’ Benghazi Connection

9:08 AM, Jan 1, 2014 • By THOMAS JOSCELYN
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Kirkpatrick answered: “Well, I don’t think I`m out on a limb there. I think honestly if you asked anybody in the U.S. intelligence business, they would tell you the same thing.”

But this is not the case. Several U.S. intelligence officials have told THE WEEKLY STANDARD that multiple al Qaeda-affiliated groups and individuals are suspected of playing a direct role. Two members of the House Intelligence Committee, one Republican (Mike Rogers, the Chairman) and one Democrat (Adam Schiff), have similarly disputed Kirkpatrick’s claim.

Members of the House Intelligence Committee have received numerous briefings on Benghazi from the U.S. intelligence community. It is obvious that Kirkpatrick’s sweeping conclusions are not consistent with what they have been told.  

U.S. intelligence officials have connected Jamal’s network to both al Qaeda and Benghazi. They had been watching Jamal beforehand.

Thomas Joscelyn is a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies

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