The Independent is reporting tonight that the United States had advance warning of the raid on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, which killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens. The paper cites senior diplomatic sources who claim the State Department had credible information that an attack was imminent 48 hours before mobs stormed the consulate.

The sources say that sensitive documents, including a list of names of Libyans who were working with the U.S., were looted from the consulate. Furthermore, the location of the “safe house” where the staff had retreated was attacked with rocket-propelled grenades, suggesting that the attack was not a spontaneous uprising triggered by an anti-Muslim video:

Patrick Kennedy, Under-Secretary at the State Department, said he was convinced the assault was planned due to its extensive nature and the proliferation of weapons.

There is growing belief that the attack was in revenge for the killing in a drone strike in Pakistan of Mohammed Hassan Qaed, an al-Qa’ida operative who was, as his nom-de-guerre Abu Yahya al-Libi suggests, from Libya, and timed for the anniversary of the 11 September attacks.

https://twitter.com/mamawinger/status/246407425975009280

While the Independent has not named its sources for the claim that the Obama administration was warned the consulate was being targeted, will the U.S. media at last turn its attention away from the film which supposedly sparked the protests and Mitt Romney’s response and toward this new development?

Update:

Politico is reporting that Shawn Turner, spokesman for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, has flatly denied the Independent’s story, emailing,  “This is absolutely wrong. We are not aware of any actionable intelligence indicating that an attack on the U.S. Mission in Benghazi was planned or imminent.”

 

  • SAndrews

    Is it about time to boycott the advertisers of “news” shows suppressing this story?

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/3BA2JYS4A3QLNJOASHTJZC6ET4 cracky

    Obamatards respond by saying: It’s Romney’s fault!

  • MikeR

    Warnings? Hell Obama had sleep, golf and Vegas on his mind

    • http://www.SPX90.com Mary in South Jersey

      and the NYC thing with Jay Z… busy.. busy.. busy…

    • Otter2

      And the “Limpin’ Pimp” radio show! That Hillary 3AM commercial is coming true, unfortunately, she didn’t perform much better.

  • MikeR

    Nothing to see here folks, move along! Per MSM

  • lana ward

    Time to start dropping bombs on these muslims-the kenyan included. They’re good for nothing nothing-kill them all

  • Owen007

    Why, it was only a couple days ago where liberals were bemoaning “What did the president know before the attacks on 9/11, and why didn’t he stop it?” Course, they were talking about Bush and eleven years ago. But they have inspired me. So, President Obama, what did you know before the embassy attacks on 9/11, and why didn’t you stop it?

    Eesh, advanced warnings, piss-poor security measures and a previously failed attack on one target? By all means, let’s make this a foreign policy election instead of an economic one.

  • http://www.facebook.com/charles.seeburger Charles Seeburger

    Yep…this helps to strengthen my position that this is all to criminalize speech in America. I miss my mother but Im glad she isnt here now…this would kill her.

  • Michael Rice

    Now, now, you know Bush set the whole thing up.

  • http://www.SPX90.com Mary in South Jersey

    Here is the problem. To admit they knew would be a fail but to admit they had no knowledge screams that our government intelligence sucks. They are in a no win situation. The only viable solution is to attempt a smoke and mirrors and somehow blame Romney & Ryan.

  • Otter2

    I’m not one to follow a conspiracy theory, especially one I come up with, but why was Ambassador Patterson in DC at this time? All I can find is “unrelated business”. Yet she is a career diplomat with many years of honorable service to this country. Anyone know?

  • bob

    Just saw on msnbc that possibly rove may be connected with movie

    • JoeMyGod

      Haven’t seen that yet, but totally believable.

  • redheadgrl

    But, but, but….it’s Bush’s fault!

  • Gmama

    Now why would Obama want to discuss terror threats with his security advisors on 9/11? We all know what an expert reader he is so why waste time on insight from experts when he can skim the document on the way to a fundraiser.

    Besides, Michelle, his number one security advisor made a statement last week that obesity was the biggest security threat.

  • Rob Welch

    Pretty much ain’t it??:)

  • Paul C.

    You can bet they new, God isn’t it obvious 9/11 beef up security. Another screw up by this administration. How will they spin it this time??

  • Robert Jones

    Just another underhanded way for Obama to get back at the Navy Seals for introducing the Bin Laden raid before they could make a deal with Hollywood first.

  • tjp77

    Lets not lose sight of the real news here folks; Romney’s press conference was insensitively timed.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/mickey.byrd.12 Mickey Byrd

    Somewhere I read that the Ambassador and others were moved to a safe house. The location of the safe house was leaked to terrorist and the safe house was attacked and the ambassador was found there.
    1. I would think a safe house would be built to be safe. Is a safe house really safe if it has a screen door? Undoubtedly not.
    2. I would think that a safe house would contain food… and WEAPONS. Just the concept of a safe house implies that the use of it is a life threatening situation.

    Exactly what is considered a safe house for our overseas personnel? Undoubtedly, we need to do some work in that area.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mickey.byrd.12 Mickey Byrd

    Somewhere I read that the Ambassador and others were moved to a safe house. The location of the safe house was leaked to terrorist and the safe house was attacked and the ambassador was found there.
    1. I would think a safe house would be built to be safe. Is a safe house really safe if it has a screen door? Undoubtedly not.
    2. I would think that a safe house would contain food… and WEAPONS. Just the concept of a safe house implies that the use of it is a life threatening situation.

    Exactly what is considered a safe house for our overseas personnel? Undoubtedly, we need to do some work in that area.

  • Guest

    So was Hilary and Obama the only two who knew about this? Was the video a coincidence, with perfect timing? These claims, the video… everything just don’t make a whole lot of sensem still fishy. And if Obama has blood on his hands, is it safe to say, So does Bush. He was warned several times about the 911 attacks? Don’t forget about the past because it sometimes impact the present and future.