Reports out today that the United States will temporarily shut down embassies and consulates around the world tomorrow (Sunday) over concerns of a “specific” terror threat coming from Al Qaeda. According to Fox News, the consulates to be closed include those in Iraq, Afghanistan and Egypt.
Where is the threat coming from? Senior U.S. officials warn that the threats are primarily coming from al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. The Wall Street Journal reports
“Friday’s alert, though, warning of a heightened risk during all of August, was unusual in that it specifically warned of a terrorist attack, cited such a large area—the Middle East and Africa—and mentioned al Qaeda.”
Don’t forget to connect the dots. As we are watching the heightened security and temporary shut down of embassies and consulates on Sunday, remember that it was only a day ago when CNN reported that the CIA has been engaged in an unprecedented attempt to silence agents who know what was happening on the ground in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012. According to the report, the CIA has been giving agents polygraph tests to ensure they are not sharing information with the media.
So why CNN? And if the CIA is threatening the careers of agents to keep this information a secret, who is the leak? Is it possible that the administration themselves leaked this information in preparation of this “threat” against U.S. embassies? While we do not yet know, it is possible.
Bear in mind, the IRS scandal of the targeting of conservative political groups was discovered because of the media but because of the IRS Head of Exempt Organizations Division, Lois Lerner leaked the scandal through a planted question during a phone conference. Lerner did that because the Treasury Inspector Generals “audit” of the exempt organizations division was about to break.
Also, there is a political strategy to how and when information like this is released to the media. Late in the day on a Friday is the favorite time for government agencies to release information they would like to see go unnoticed. The CNN report, as with the IRS conference call came out late on, you guessed it, a Friday afternoon.
How is the scandal surrounding Benghazi related to this “credible threat” against U.S. embassies specifically in Iraq, Egypt and Afghanistan? That we still don’t know but we may not have to wait very long to find out.