Immediately following the attack on the American diplomatic outpost in Benghazi that left four Americans — including a U.S. ambassador, two Navy SEALs and an additional civil servant — dead, some started wondering if Ambassador Chris Stevens may have been the pointman in a U.S.-led gun-running scheme to supply arms to both Libyan and Syrian rebels. (Read our story here.)
Now, for the first time, House Speaker John Boehner has indicated that he may also know more about this potential gun-running scheme through a “classified source.”
As additional details of that fateful day at the CIA annex unfold, more and more politicians, military and intelligence officials are raising questions about the claim that the administration may have been funneling weapons from Benghazi to anti-Ghadafi insurgents in Libya and later, to anti-Assad insurgents in Syria, via Turkey. (Retired Gen. Boykin raised it again just this week.) Not before now, however, has an official leader of the GOP discussed the theory.
Speaking with conservative author and pundit Laura Ingraham on her radio broadcast Wednesday, Boehner noted that he is aware that there was a potential gun-running scheme at play and that his information on the matter has come from a “classified source.”
“I’m somewhat familiar with the chatter about this and the fact that these arms were moving towards Turkey, but most what I know about this came from a classified source,” Boehner told Ingraham before adding that he could not “elaborate on it.”
Does Boehner mean that the theory is being discussed behind closed, classified doors, or does the government have classified information corroborating the scheme that it is not sharing? Do Republicans know more than they’re letting on? Who is the classified source and is the government investigating this theory to the fullest extent possible? Questions abound.
Listen below to Boehner’s interview segment that makes one wonder what the Republican stalwart may actually be revealing: