Joe Scarborough, host of MSNBC's Morning Joe, reported Wednesday that a tape exists of the deadly suicide attack on a U.S. base in Afghanistan that killed seven CIA officers, including the chief CIA officer of that base.
Officers knew immediately that something was wrong as the man got out of the vehicle at the base, Scarborough said, because he refused to take his hand out of his pocket. The suicide bomber was a Jordanian who was thought to be a high-level double agent, which is why he was able to attract the group of CIA officers. They had to meet on the base because it would not be safe for such a gathering of high-level personnel to take place anywhere outside of a fortified U.S. military compound. He detonated his bomb immediately after exiting his vehicle.
NBC News' Andrea Mitchell added that the bomber was able to get through the initial perimeter of security, which consists of Afghan guards, by telling his CIA handlers that he did not want to expose himself to Afghans in case any of them would then relay his involvement with the CIA to the Taliban or other militants.
The number two CIA officer in all of Afghanistan was also injured in the attack.