The CIA is polygraphing its operatives on a regular basis in an "unprecedented" effort to prevent Benghazi secrets from leaking out, CNN's Drew Griffin is reporting, citing unnamed inside sources.
"Since January, some CIA operatives involved in the agency's missions in Libya, have been subjected to frequent, even monthly polygraph examinations, according to a source with deep inside knowledge of the agency's workings," the bombshell report reveals. "The goal of the questioning, according to sources, is to find out if anyone is talking to the media or Congress."
A Libyan man stands next to a wall apparently stained with blood at the main entrance of the US consulate in Benghazi on September 13, 2012. Credit: AFP/Getty Images
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It is being described as pure intimidation, with the threat that any unauthorized CIA employee who leaks information could face the end of his or her career.
In exclusive communications obtained by CNN, one insider writes, "You don't jeopardize yourself, you jeopardize your family as well."
Another says, "You have no idea the amount of pressure being brought to bear on anyone with knowledge of this operation."
The CIA responded to CNN's report in a statement, claiming it "enabled all officers involved in Benghazi the opportunity to meet with Congress," according to Jake Tapper.
It has also been revealed that as many 35 Americans were in Benghazi on the night of the deadly terror attack, CNN reports, citing anonymous inside sources. As many as seven were wounded and 21 Americans were reportedly working in the building known as the CIA annex.
Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) told CNN that the revelations represent "a form of a cover-up."
"We should have the people who were on the scene come in, testify under oath, do it publicly, and lay it out. And there really isn't any national security issue involved with regards to that," the lawmaker said.
There have been reports and rumors about the U.S. government possibly being involved in the transfer of weapons out of Libya, through Turkey and into the hands of the Syrian rebels. The theory has been analyzed thoroughly on TheBlaze and TheBlaze TV, but many questions remain.
According to the CNN report, the CIA and the State Department were the two U.S. agencies operating in Benghazi. The State Department has denied being involved in any transfer of weapons to other countries, though it clearly stated they "can't speak for any other agencies."
The CIA, on the other hand, would not say if they were involved in any transfer of weapons to other nations.
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