US Files 1st Charges in Benghazi Attack

Ahmed Khattalah accused in sealed indictment

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 6, 2013 3:44 PM CDT

(Newser) – So the Benghazi probe isn't dead: The Justice Department today filed charges against Libyan militia leader Ahmed Khattalah but kept details under wraps, CNN reports. Officials contacted by CNN refused to divulge anything or even say whether Khattalah will be detained. But Khattalah's possible involvement is nothing new: Libyan security officials said last year Khattala, founder of the Ansar al-Sharia militia, was at the US consulate in Libya during the attack that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others. The Wall Street Journal notes that other suspects beside Khattalah were also charged.

 This Sept. 13, 2012 file photo shows a cameraman filming one of  US consulate burnt out offices in Benghazi, Libya.
This Sept. 13, 2012 file photo shows a cameraman filming one of US consulate burnt out offices in Benghazi, Libya.   (AP photo/Mohammad Hannon, File)
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