As the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi was unfolding, a high-ranking Pentagon official urgently messaged Secretary of State Hillary Clintons top deputies to offer military help, according to an email obtained by Judicial Watch.
The revelation appears to contradict testimony Defense Secretary Leon Panetta dedicated lawmakers in 2013, when he said there was no time to get forces-out to the scene in Libya, where four Americans were killed, including U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens.
I only tried you on the phone but you were all in with S[ apparent reference to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ], reads the email, from Panettas chief of staff Jeremy Bash. After to hold consultations with General Dempsey, General Ham and the Joint Staff, we have identified the forces that could move to Benghazi. They are spinning up as we speak.
” … we have identified the forces that could move to Benghazi. They are spinning up as we speak.
– Jeremy Bash, Pentagon chief of staff
The email was sent out at 7:19 p.m. ET on Sept. 11, 2012, in the early stages of the eight-hour siege that also claimed the lives of Foreign Service Information Management Officer Sean Smith and two former Navy SEALs, Ty Woods and Glen Doherty, private CIA contractors who raced to the aid of embattled State Department workers.
Although the email came after the first wave of the two attacks at the consulate, it resulted before a mortar ten-strike on the CIA annex killed Woods and Doherty.