Embassy Attacks

Media Withheld Benghazi Information at CIA's Request

Some outlets knew the two Navy SEALs were working for the CIA


NEW YORK—U.S. intelligence officials, speaking on a not-for-attribution basis, provided reporters Thursday with the most detailed explanation yet of the CIA's presence in Benghazi, Libya, and the agency's response to the Sept. 11, 2012, attack, while also identifying the two former Navy SEALs killed that night as being employed by the CIA.

But some news organizations, including the Associated Press, The New York Times and The Washington Post, already knew that the two former SEALs—Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty—were working for the CIA and had agreed not to publish the information at the government's request.