An obscure private firm hired by the State Department over internal objections to protect U.S. diplomats in Benghazi just months before the American ambassador and three others were killed was staffed with hastily recruited locals with terror ties who helped carry out the attack, multiple sources told Fox News.
The explosive charge against Wales-based Blue Mountain Group comes from several sources, including an independent security specialist who has implemented training programs at U.S. Consulates around the world, including in Benghazi, where he trained a local militia that preceded Blue Mountain. The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Blue Mountain used local newspaper ads to assemble a team of 20 guards, many of whom had terror ties, after securing a $9.2 million annual contract.
“The guards who were hired were locals who were part of the Ansar al-Sharia and Al Qaeda groups operating in Benghazi,” said the source, whose assignment in Benghazi had ended in November 2011. “Whoever approved contracts at the State Department hired Blue Mountain Group and then allowed Blue Mountain Group to hire local Libyans who were not vetted.”
“I am stunned that the State Department was relying on [locals] with extremist ties to protect American diplomats,” U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, told Fox News. “That doesn’t make any sense. How does that happen?”
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Hillary Clinton and the State Department actually hired the very people who attacked and killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens as well as the CIA contractors and soldiers who ignored orders and tried to defend them.
Some inside baseball: Chris Stevens knew that the operation he was part of involved selling American arms to terrorists.
So feel free to draw your own conclusions. At best, Hillary Clinton is guilty of the worst possible negligence imaginable. At worst, this was an inside job designed to silence a U.S. Ambassador that was going to go public with information on the real relationship between the State Department and terrorists.