New Benghazi Conspiracy Theories Suggest Egypt Was Behind Attack

Fringe suspicions that Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood were somehow involved in the consulate attack in Benghazi in September 2012 have just ramped up. According to Dean Garrison of the DC Clothesline, on June 26, Libyan Intelligence documents were leaked to a Kuwaiti news source through Arabic translator Raymond Ibrahim; the documents suggest that Morsi was involved in the attack. According to the documents, the six Egyptians who were arrested after the attack in Benghazi have confessed to Morsi’s participation.

Photo/DC Clothesline

Photo/DC Clothesline

Raymond Ibrahim reports about the documents:

According to a Libyan intelligence document, the Muslim Brotherhood, including Egyptian President Morsi, were involved in the September 11, 2012 terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, where several Americans, including U.S. ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, were killed.

Wednesday, June 26, several Arabic websites, including Veto Gate, quoted the intelligence report, which apparently was first leaked to the Kuwaiti paper, Al Ra’i.  Prepared by Mahmoud Ibrahim Sharif, Director of National Security for Libya, the report is addressed to the nation’s Minister of Interior.

It discusses the preliminary findings of the investigation, specifically concerning an “Egyptian cell” which was involved in the consulate attack. “Based on confessions derived from some of those arrested at the scene” six people, “all of them Egyptians” from the jihad group Ansar al-Sharia (“Supporters of Islamic Law), were arrested.

According to the report, during interrogations, these Egyptian jihadi cell members “confessed to very serious and important information concerning the financial sources of the group and the planners of the event and the storming and burning of the U.S. consulate in Benghazi…. And among the more prominent figures whose names were mentioned by cell members during confessions were: Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi; preacher Safwat Hegazi; Saudi businessman Mansour Kadasa, owner of the satellite station, Al-Nas; Egyptian Sheikh Muhammad Hassan; former presidential candidate, Hazim Salih Abu Isma’il…”

Some conspiracy theories claim that Ambassador Chris Stevens, unbeknownst to him, was part of a secret, brokered deal between our government and Egypt. These theories maintain that Stevens was to be ‘kidnapped,’ and in exchange for his release, the US would free the ‘Blind Sheik’, a man Egypt desperately wants back. As we now know, that exchange never happened, as Stevens was among the 4 Americans who lost their lives in the violence.

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