Fox News Exclusive: Officials Denied 3 Help Requests During Attack on Libya Consulate
Sources on the ground in Benghazi during the attack on the U.S. Consulate tell Fox News that CIA operatives twice asked for permission to help Ambassador Chris Stevens and his staff, and twice were told to 'stand down' -- while a later request for backup was denied.
Special Report's Bret Baier says that the sources on the ground told Fox that for three urgent requests to provide support during the seven-hour attack they were denied by officials.
In a related charge, John McCain sat down with Baier to discuss what he says he believes also contributed to a lack of response by the military. McCain charges that 'there was not an alert status for troops around the region,' and so they were not ready to be able to respond.
"After three weeks of investigation we have concluded that there was no way that the military could have intervened because they were not ready, they were not prepared, and there was no alert
of any kind that would have enabled them to have reached a state of readiness that they could have intervened ... that's why they didn't intervene, in my view," he told Bret.
He added that there are forces all over the Mediterranean and in Europe, so the lack of response was not due to a lack of troops.
As for culpability, McCain said he places responsibility on the current administration. "I find it astounding; I find it a lack of leadership, a lack of understanding ... either before or during this attack."
Watch the interview below, and see the full sit-down during a special airing Saturday at 1p ET, hosted by Bret Baier, as he goes in-depth into the Libya attack as details continue to unfold: