The attack on the US embassy in the Libyan city of Benghazi undermined the prestige of the US State Department, which is now sharply criticized by many for failing to protect US diplomats in one of the world’s most dangerous hotspots. However, this attack also undermined the prestige of the CIA. The reason is that because of this attack, the world learned about a structure within the CIA, the existence of which used to be thoroughly hidden before that. This structure is called “The Global Response Staff,” or GRS for short.
A publication in “The Washington Post” says that this structure was formed soon after the terrorist act of 9.11 and is meant for rendering help to CIA agents all over the world. Its employees are mainly former servicemen of special forces, whose tasks are to cover diplomats when they retreat from attacks on embassies, and the like.
Employees of GRS work in practically all the world’s most dangerous hotspots, like Iraq, Afghanistan or Syria. It is GRS agents who worked as security guards in the US embassy in Benghazi and defended the diplomats during the attack on this embassy. Two guards who were killed on the embassy’s roof from mortar-guns during the attack were also GRS agents.
It has also become known that there were GRS agents among those who were killed as a result of an attack on the US military base “Chapman” in the Pakistani province of Khost in 2009.
In total, from 2009 till now, 14 CIA agents were killed in the world. It is noteworthy that 5 of them were GRS employees.
A real scandal broke out when it became known that the family of a GRS agent who was killed during the attack on the embassy in Benghazi, Glen Doherty, hasn’t yet received any compensation from the CIS. The CIS officials say that Doherty was not employed permanently, and, according to the CIS’s regulations, pensions and compensations are provided only to the agency’s permanent employees and their families.
Now, because Doherty’s family has received no compensation, it has to pay large debts.
This story may undermine not only the CIA’s prestige, but also that of the US government. After all, it doesn’t do much credit to the American state that it has chosen the policy of economizing at the expense of paying no compensation to the widow of a CIS agent.