NEW YORK, September 24. / Correspondent. Itar-Tass Shamshin /. U.S. intelligence agencies have lost their leadership intelligence network in eastern Libya. After the recent attack on the building of the diplomatic mission in the city of Benghazi, in the death of the U.S. ambassador to that country, Christopher Stevens, its employees were evacuated. “Among them were about 12 CIA agents who were responsible for the organization and collection of the most valuable information about radical groups” – informed today the newspaper “New York Times”.
“This is a catastrophic loss – with a nod to she said. – We were” no eyes “in this area.”
The main task of the CIA in Benghazi were monitoring the activities of Islamists and militant groups associated with “al-Qaeda.” U.S. intelligence agencies, with the assistance of local law enforcement agencies conducted a search of heavy mortars and other weapons, which during the civil war in Libya has been stolen from military depots.
American leaders, according to “New York Times”, concerned the weakening of intelligence in eastern Libya. Currently monitoring insurgents and terrorists is, first of all, using satellite technology.