DENVER, CO – Back during the Second World War, US military personnel knew to keep quiet because ‘loose lips sink ships.’ Apparently former general, and, as of last week, former CIA director David Petraeus didn’t get the memo.
Petraeus resigned as Director of Central Intelligence after the FBI learned he was having an affair, reportedly with his biographer Paula Broadwell, who also is a lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserve.
Thanks to Broadwell, there’s a new twist in the events surrounding the Sept. 11 attack on the US consulate in Libya that resulted in the deaths of the US ambassador and three other Americans.
On Oct. 26, Broadwell told an alumni symposium at the University of Denver that the CIA was running a prison at the consulate (the university has removed the video from YouTube).
‘I don’t know if a lot of you heard this, but the CIA annex had actually, had taken a couple of Libyan militia members prisoner, and they think that the attack on the consulate was an effort to try to get these prisoners back. So that’s still being vetted. The challenging thing for Gen. Petraeus is that in his new position he’s not allowed to communicate with the press so he`s known all of this, they’ve had correspondence with the CIA station chief in Libya. Within 24 hours they kind of knew what was happening.’
If true, the prison would be in direct violation of an executive order in 2009 that outlawed such facilities. A CIA spokesman told the Washington Post that Broadwell’s claims about CIA prisoners is not true, which is what they would say even if the claims are true.
And, regarding Petraeus, the subject of her book, and the man she served under, so to speak, Broadwell said: ‘It’s wonderful that we have heroes like that, that put duty, honor, country before themselves, before their families, and they just continue to serve.’
And in this case, Petraeus’ unintended service may in shining the light on some areas a lot of people do not want exposed.