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CIA Officials to Testify on Benghazi

House Intelligence subcommittee to hold closed-door hearing
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 31, 2013 10:59 PM CDT
Updated Nov 1, 2013 12:01 AM CDT
CIA Officials to Testify on Benghazi
A charred vehicle sits at the entrance of the American consulate, in Benghazi, Libya, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013.   (AP Photo/Mohammad Hannon)

(Newser) – House members may soon know a lot more about what happened during the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi. CIA security officers who were on the scene are set to testify in a closed hearing before a House Intelligence subcommittee, insiders tell CNN. The officers, whose job it was to protect CIA agents, include former Navy SEALS, ex-Marines, and former Army Special Forces. Until now, just one of some two dozen CIA operatives present during the attack has given testimony, the sources say.

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CNN points to three key matters lawmakers want addressed. First, why was the CIA in Benghazi? A previous report said CIA operatives were facing polygraph tests to ensure they kept quiet; the CIA calls that claim "patently false." Second, members of Congress want unsuccessful rescue efforts explained. And finally, when did the administration know it was facing a terror plot? Answers could come soon: The operatives are due to testify the week of Nov. 11. (Read more CIA stories.)

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