A video was removed from YouTube.com of Paula Broadwell, the alleged mistress of ex-CIA Director David Petraeus, giving a speech last month in which she claimed the CIA may have operated a secret detention center in Benghazi, Libya.
The speech was an Oct. 26 keynote address at a University of Denver alumni symposium.
The full 41-minute speech was posted on YouTube until today, when it received wide media attention – including two links at the popular Drudge Report – over Broadwell’s comments in the video about Benghazi and Petraeus.
The video has apparently been removed from the Wayback.org Internet archives, as well.
“Now I don’t know if a lot of you heard this, but the CIA annex had actually had taken a couple of Libya militia members prisoner,” Broadwell said. “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 existence of a U.S. prison or CIA detention center in Benghazi would be a new development in the debate surrounding the attacks there.
An extensive WND search of news media coverage of the Benghazi attacks could find no mention of prisoners being held at the CIA annex.
Today, a CIA spokesman denied Broadwell’s claim of a prison at the Libyan annex.
The spokesman told the Daily Beast that the CIA “has not had detention authority since January 2009, when Executive Order 13491 was issued.”
“Any suggestion that the agency is still in the detention business is uninformed and baseless.”
However, Fox News is quoting intelligence sources who state prisoners were held at the Benghazi annex.
One source described as well-placed in Washington confirmed to Fox News there were Libyan militiamen being held at the CIA annex in Benghazi and that their presence was being looked at as a possible motive for the staged attack on the consulate and annex that night.
Fox News quoted other intelligence sources who had served in Benghazi as saying other prisoners from additional countries in Africa and the Middle East were brought to the CIA annex.
On Saturday, the New York Times reported House Majority Leader Eric Cantor spoke to an FBI whistleblower two weeks ago who accused Petraeus not only of having an extramarital affair but of potentially jeopardizing the security of classified information.
During the same university speech, Broadwell may have also divulged information that Petraeus knew “within 24 hours” of the CIA annex’s request for reinforcements, reported Israel National News.
“The challenging thing for Gen. Petraeus,” Broadwell stated, “is that in his new position, he’s not allowed to communicate with the press. So he’s known all of this – they had correspondence with the CIA station chief in Libya, within 24 hours they kind of knew what was happening.”
Earlier she had said the military could have sent reinforcements.
“They were requesting the – it’s called the C-in-C’s In Extremis Force – a group of Delta Force operators, our very, most talented guys we have in the military. They could have come and reinforced the consulate and the CIA annex.”