Petraeus Secretly Visited Libya After Benghazi Attack
Congress wants to know what he learned there
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 14, 2012 7:53 AM CST
In this June 23, 2011 file photo, then-CIA Director-desigate Gen. David Petraeus testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington.   (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

(Newser) – Resignation or not, Democrats and Republicans alike are clamoring for David Petraeus to testify at this week's congressional hearings about the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, and this could be why: Petraeus took a secret trip to Libya last month, in the wake of the Sept. 11 attack that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens. Officials tell the Daily Beast the purpose of the trip was to look at the remnants of the CIA's presence in the country after the US abandoned the diplomatic mission. The CIA has not yet turned over Petraeus' report from the trip; one Senate staffer says the agency claims it hasn't finished processing it.

Congressional committees want it. “Yeah, we will eventually get that,” Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss says, and a CIA spokesperson acknowledges the report will eventually be submitted. On Sunday, the Daily Beast reported that Petraeus lover Paula Broadwell appeared to speak for the general last month with regard to the Benghazi attack. She claimed one reason for the attack could have been that the CIA base there had detained Libyan militia members, but Chambliss says that's nonsense, because "the CIA doesn't hold prisoners, they don't have any authority to hold prisoners. As far as I know they did not have any there."

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reallybig
Nov 15, 2012 8:30 AM CST
Petraeus SNUCK in and out of Benghazi Libya like a yellow dog, cause he was afraid he'd be killed by those Libyans, that Obama freed from that terrible man Qaddafi. --- THE TRUTH --- The left wing news media said Obama made a brave decision to send about 50 Navy Seals to kill a sick helpless unarmed old man (Bin Laden) and his unarmed son. ---- BUT, when it came to protecting and rescuing the US Ambassador and 3 other Americans in Libya, Obama and his team were COWARDS and afraid Al-Qaeda would kill the rescuers. --- Seal Team 6 wasn't HEROS in Libya, were they? --- Was it because the Libyans were armed? ------- REALLY
HANKHILL
Nov 14, 2012 10:11 PM CST
to get his money out of the safe at the consulate!
Kookey90
Nov 14, 2012 5:24 PM CST
So Petraeus took a secret trip to Libya last month, so what? Weather he decided to go or not I would assume this would be part of his duties as Director of the CIA to decide if the trip was worth his while.