The headline in the story posted by James Rosen at Fox News is that one of the whistleblowers who is scheduled to testify at the May 8th Oversight Committee hearing on Benghazi was shut out of decision-making after the terror attacks on the U.S. Consulate and CIA Annex. That’s made more curious when one considers that the whistleblower was part of the counterterrorism bureau.
However, there’s an interesting little nugget found in the first paragraph of the story. In addition to then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton being responsible for shutting the whistleblower out, there was someone else, who is not named.
Via Fox News:
On the night of Sept. 11, as the Obama administration scrambled to respond to the Benghazi terror attacks, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and a key aide effectively tried to cut the department’s own counterterrorism bureau out of the chain of reporting and decision-making, according to a “whistle-blower” witness from that bureau who will soon testify to the charge before Congress, Fox News has learned.
That witness is Mark I. Thompson, a former Marine and now the deputy coordinator for operations in the agency’s counterterrorism bureau. Sources tell Fox News Thompson will level the allegation against Clinton during testimony on Wednesday before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, chaired by Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif.
Fox News has also learned that another official from the counterterrorism bureau — independently of Thompson — voiced the same complaint about Clinton and Under Secretary for Management Patrick Kennedy to trusted national security colleagues back in October.
Who was the ‘key aide’?