During last night's VP debate, I was struck by how Vice President Joe Biden didn't hesitate in throwing the U.S. intelligence community under the bus to alleviate pressure on the Obama administration for its security failures in Benghazi on 9/11. Instead of taking responsibility for its failures, the Obama administration has decided to blame so-called faulty intel for its various false narratives about the deadly attacks on the U.S. consulate.
Will this strategy come back to bite them?
Word on the street this morning is that there's video footage of the assault on the consulate and, according to sources familiar with the tape, it clearly shows an organized attack -- not a spontaneous mob lashing out against an insulting video as the White House has previously suggested. Although the White House is poring over the video to try and identify individual perpetrators, the tape poses significant implications for the ongoing congressional investigation -- if only the White House would share it with congressional investigators:
The videos could also play into an expanding investigation by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform that is looking at whether security steps could have been taken that would have saved the life of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans killed that day. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, who is one of the Republicans leading the House investigation, says he hasn’t been given the footage.
In addition to the footage from the consulate cameras, the U.S. government is also poring over video taken from an overhead U.S. surveillance drone that arrived for the final hour of the night battle at the consulate compound and nearby annex.
Video from the compound’s cameras debunk the initial line from the Obama administration that there was a protest in front of the consulate on the night of the attacks, according to one of the U.S. intelligence officials who has seen the footage, and a senior Obama administration official familiar with what they show.
Could a leak of this video be another "October surprise"?