While Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State, the United States supported a covert exchange of weapons to Libyan rebels who subsequently carried out the attack on the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi on September 11, 2012, according to federal court documents obtained by Fox News. The attack resulted in the murders of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, U.S. Foreign Service Information Management Officer Sean Smith, and two CIA contractors, Glen Doherty and Tyrone S. Woods.
In a sworn statement to the District Court of Arizona May 5th 2015, a seasoned CIA officer David Manners said,
“It was then, and remains now, my opinion that the United States did participate, directly or indirectly, in the supply of weapons to the Libyan Transitional National Council.”
Note that the timing matters because in the Spring of 2011 the Libyan opposition was not formally recognized, and the direct supply of arms was not authorized. At that time, the CIA Director was David Petraeus.
Manners’ testimony was part of a grand-jury investigation of Marc Turi, an American defense contractor, who is suspected of facilitating the secretive flow of weapons into Libya as part of an effort to overthrow the regime of Moammar Qaddafi.
Turi claimed that Obama administration officials and members of Congress knew that weapons were flowing into the region as early as 2011 and being re-routed to forces hostile to the United States in not only Libya but also Syria.
“I got involved in this business in the 1990s,” Turi said. “I’ve been involved in all type of operations regarding transportation, logistics and liaising with those foreign governments.”
Yet, incredibly, Turi has a criminal record. His rap sheet shows that, in the late 1980s, he stole a computer and an automobile and wrote bad checks — one for $100,000. Fox News has confirmed that he spent jail time in Arizona.
While Clinton was secretary of state, her department awarded a record number of export licenses to arms dealers, allowing them to sell sophisticated weapons internationally. In all, more than 86,000 licenses valued at $44.3 billion were granted in 2011 alone – over $10 billion more than in 2010, according to Fox.