In the main compound of the US State Department installation in Benghazi (the so-called ‘US Consulate’), Ubben helped recover the dead body of Foreign Service Officer Sean Smith.
Later, he was fighting the terrorists from the roof of the CIA Annex–alongside Ty Woods and Glen Douherty, the two former Navy SEALs who were killed that night.
Recap of the event
Between 19:30 and 20:30, Ambassador Christopher Stevens met Turkish Consul General in Benghazi, Ali Akin Sait.
Then the American escorted the Turk to the door to say goodbye. “Everything is calm at 8:30 PM. There is nothing unusual,” according to a briefing from the U.S. State Department. BUT Associated Press (AP) reported testimonies from a few neighbors, Libyans in Benghazi living next to the ‘Consulate,’ according to which there were “150 bearded gunmen […] sealing off the streets leading to the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi. They set up roadblocks with pick-up trucks mounted with heavy machine guns, according to witnesses. The trucks bore the logo of Ansar al-Shariah, a powerful, al-Qaeda affiliated local group of Islamist militants who worked with the municipal government to manage security in Benghazi […]”.
The Turkish Consul General had to go through the blockade as he left the vicinity of the compound, and the attack began as soon as he went through.
So the Turk had to pass out through the blockade as he departed the American ‘Consulate’ and left the area. The fact that the Turkish Consul General was able to get through the newly-established terrorist checkpoints when “no one could get out or in,” (according to a neighbor interviewed by AP) points to the Turkish diplomat being complicit with the attackers.
According to State Department’s Charlene R. Lamb, as soon as the attack began, a Diplomatic Security agent working at the Tactical Operation Center of the ‘Consulate’ activated immediately the Imminent Danger Notification system.
Ambassador Steven, Sean Smith, and four Security agents–including David Ubben–were within the ‘Consulate’.
Sean Smith died during the attack, and David Ubben was among the agents his who pulled out the Officer’s body, and rushed it into the armored vehicle that brough them back to the CIA Annex. Ubben was thus involved in both buildings’ attacks.
Doherty had flown from Tripoli to Benghazi with 3 others via a private plane.
Here is Glen Doherty’s brother:
[Glen Doherty] had arrived in Libya one day earlier, working with a team of CIA security contractors (“GRS”: Global Response Staff). They heard the news that the mission was under attack and a team of four of them rushed in to help. They chartered a flight as quickly as possible by showing up at the airport and convincing a pilot to fly them to Benghazi for $30,000.
In Benghazi they were frustratingly detained while negotiating with the right militias to reach where they wanted to go. They knew that the battle was raging and had now shifted from the temporary mission to the Annex. As soon as they could, they hired a car to rush them to the Annex, arriving at around 5 AM.
At the Annex, they joined the fight. Glen […] fired on attackers from a defensive position inside. He heard that Ty was directing the defensive operation from the roof and went to join him. On the fortified roof, Glen hugged Ty, who gave him a hearty endorsement in introducing him to the 2 other men up there, one GRS and one DSS (State Department security). […]
Enemy mortars “bracketed” the building, over–and under–shooting it before three struck the roof in quick succession. The first killed Ty and critically injured the other GRS agent. The second killed Glen instantly. Each of the three severely injured the DSS agent.
It was shortly after 6 AM. At this point, readings from an unarmed drone suggested about a hundred more militants were on the move towards them. The decision was made to evacuate everyone to the airport. […] The two others wounded on the roof remain very severely injured, but are recovering.
We know that David Ubben was one of the ‘severly injured’. He’s recovering indeed — at Walter Reed Medical Center. We don’t know yet if he was working for the DSS or the CIA’s Global Response Staff.
CIA’s Global Response Staff (GRS)
Part of the expansion of the CIA’s paramilitary capabilities, GRS units are *secret* security forces created after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
Ty Woods and Glen Doherty were both members of the CIA’s GRS, an organization that has recruited hundreds of former U.S. Special Forces operatives and veterans of police department SWAT teams to serve as armed guards providing an “envelope” of security for CIA officers in high-risk outposts, whose assignments carry a high level of risk.
Was David Ubben working for the GRS as a contractor ??
Beyond hiring former U.S. military commandos, the agency has collaborated with U.S. Special Operations teams on missions including the raid that killed Osama bin Laden and has killed thousands of Islamist militants and civilians with its fleet of armed drones.
GRS units also provide security for personnel from other agencies, including National Security Agency teams deploying sensors or eavesdropping equipment in conflict zones. They map escape routes from meeting places, pat down informants and provide an envelope of security.
Glen Doherty was a GRS contractor on his second CIA assignment in Libya. He had served in other places, including Mexico City.
“He wasn’t there to protect an embassy. He was there to recover RPGs [rocket-propelled grenades],” said Doherty’s sister. He was providing security for CIA teams tracking Libyan stockpiles of weapons.