Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., is asking the Pentagon for information about allegations that “some very ugly people” made off with 400 surface-to-air missles in the raid on Benghazi and plan to use them to shoot down commercial airliners.
The allegation was made on a Washington, D.C., talk program this week by Joseph DiGenova, an attorney who represents Mark Thompson, a former security official who has raised questions about U.S defenses in Benghazi and the Obama Administration’s response to the attacks that left four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, dead.
“We have been told that there were 400 surface to air missles stolen and that they are in the hands of many people and that the biggest fear in the intelligence community is that one of these missles will be used to shoot down an airline,” DiGenova said during the broadcast. “This information comes from former intelligence officials who stay in constant contact with people in the special ops and intelligence community.”
The remarks were picked up by a national British newspaper, the Daily Mail, Ayotte tweeted a reference to the story Tuesday morning, calling it a “highly disturbing report.”
Later Tuesday, Ayotte asked for answers from the Defense Department.
“I am requesting information from the Pentagon regarding this disturbing allegation,” Ayotte said. “If accurate, (the) report is deeply troubling, and it demonstrates the urgent need for the Administration to hunt down those responsible for the Benghazi attack to prevent them from carrying out more attacks against Americans.”
DiGenova said the allegedly missing missiles were behind the admininistration’s recent security moves around the globe.
“This is why we shut down the 19 embassies recently,” DiGenova said. “They were afraid that there was going to be a missle attack on one of the embassies.”