Official: We knew Benghazi was a terrorist attack "from the get-go"


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Official: We knew Benghazi was a terrorist attack "from the get-go"
By Lindsey Boerma


5/5/13

(CBS News) “Everybody in the mission” in Benghazi, Libya, thought the attack on a U.S. consulate there last Sept. 11 was an act of terror “from the get-go,” according to excerpts of an interview investigators conducted with the No. 2 official in Libya at the time, obtained exclusively by CBS News’ “Face the Nation.”

“I think everybody in the mission thought it was a terrorist attack from the beginning,” Greg Hicks, a 22-year foreign service diplomat who was the highest-ranking U.S. official in Libya after the strike, told investigators under authority of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Hicks, the former U.S. Embassy Tripoli deputy chief of mission, was not in Benghazi at the time of the attack, which killed Chris Stevens - then the U.S. ambassador to Libya - and three other Americans.

On Sept. 16, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice hit the media circuit, appearing on all five Sunday talk shows to dispel the notion that the strike was a premeditated terrorist act and to perpetuate the case that it began “spontaneously” out of protests in Egypt. Rice’s spot on “Face the Nation” that day was preceded by the new President of Libya Mohammed al-Magariaf, who said his government had “no doubt that this was preplanned, predetermined.”

"…I’ve never been as embarrassed in my life, in my career, as on that day," Hicks continued in his interview with investigators. “The net impact of what has transpired is, [Rice,] the spokesperson of the most powerful country in the world, has basically said that the president of Libya is either a liar of doesn’t know what he’s talking about. …My jaw hit the floor as I watched this.”

Rs in Congress, Fox News and New ConservaMedia have been all over this story for months; Ds in Congress and the MSM, for the most part, have been trying to ignore or minimize what happened at Benghazi. Does this story from CBS (which has had one reporter, Sharyl Attkisson, trying to cover the story aggressively) mean the MSM are burying their spike? Or a bit of token CYA to defuse criticism?