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15 of US' Benghazi Sources Have Been Killed

Senate report also concludes that consulate attack was 'preventable'

(Newser) - The US government didn't do enough to prevent the attack on the Benghazi consulate, a long-awaited Senate Intelligence Committee report concludes. The bipartisan report chastises the CIA for operating out of a different building than the State Department—a facility the military didn't even know about, the Washington ... More »

Ex-Gitmo Detainee Tied to Benghazi Attack

Abu Sufian bin Qumu was released from Libyan custody in 2008

(Newser) - A new revelation, and wrinkle, in the attack on the US diplomatic mission in Benghazi: US officials tell the Washington Post that fighters led by Abu Sufian bin Qumu were involved in the attack. Two notable things about that: One, Qumu was once a detainee at Guantanamo Bay; he was... More »

Benghazi Attack Didn't Involve al-Qaeda: Report

Anti-Islam video did help spark violence: NYT investigation

(Newser) - A major New York Times investigation sheds new light on the debate over the attack on the US diplomatic mission in Benghazi. Initially, officials' accounts suggested an anti-Islam video had sparked the violence on Sept. 11, 2012, but Republicans have argued that al-Qaeda was involved, citing a " cover-up ."... More »

US Teacher's Widow: I Forgive Benghazi Killers

Anita Smith: "I want them to know that I do love them"

(Newser) - The widow of a US teacher shot to death in Benghazi tells Anderson Cooper that she forgives his killers. "I don't want any revenge. I just really want them to know that I do love them and I forgive them, and Ronnie would want this," Anita Smith... More »

Slain US Teacher Was Days Away From Leaving Libya

Ronnie Smith beloved by colleagues, students

(Newser) - Ronnie Smith was supposed to be headed home to America for the holidays this week. Instead, the 33-year-old chemistry teacher was shot dead while jogging in Libya this morning . Smith, a US citizen, had taught at the International School in Benghazi for a year and a half and was "... More »

American Teacher Killed While Jogging in Benghazi

US citizen was near US consulate

(Newser) - An American teacher has been killed in Libya, medical and security sources tell Reuters . The US citizen, a man from Texas, was working as a chemistry teacher at an international school in Benghazi, and the AP reports he was shot while jogging near the US consulate. No one has yet... More »

Lara Logan Takes Leave After Botched Benghazi Report

'60 Minutes' reporter and her producer punished by CBS

(Newser) - Lara Logan is out at 60 Minutes, at least temporarily, because of her bogus piece on Benghazi, reports the Hollywood Reporter . CBS News, which has retracted and apologized for the story, says it forced Logan and producer Max McClellan to take a leave of absence of unspecified duration. Logan's... More »

Colbert Mocks 60 Minutes' Benghazi Flub

Brings on eyewitness to events of show's newsroom

(Newser) - Stephen Colbert last night lambasted 60 Minutes for its Benghazi coverage that resulted in an apology : "CBS fact-checked the story, but when it turned out to be wrong, they fact-checked it for realz, y'all," Colbert said. He then discussed Lara Logan's apology "at the very... More »

60 Minutes 'Very Sorry' for Bogus Report on Benghazi

Dylan Davies report continues to raise questions

(Newser) - After acknowledging 60 Minutes' " mistake " on CBS This Morning Friday, Lara Logan last night offered a full apology for the show's Benghazi reporting. Referring to the case of former security officer Dylan Davies, she said: "On Thursday night, when we discovered that the account he gave... More »

CBS: 'We Were Misled' By Benghazi Source

Network apologizes for 60 Minutes segment

(Newser) - Sure enough, CBS is disowning 60 Minutes' recent Benghazi story, in the wake of an FBI report that discredited its key source . "The truth is we made a mistake," Lara Logan said on CBS This Morning . Logan explained that they'd believed former security officer Dylan Davies (aka... More »

FBI Report Contradicts Benghazi 'Witness'

Dylan Davies told Bureau he never made it to consulate

(Newser) - CBS' 60 Minutes today backpedaled away from an attention-grabbing report on the Benghazi consulate attack that it aired two weeks ago, saying it had "learned of new information that undercuts the account" of its key source, a security officer who was protecting the US mission when it was attacked.... More »

CIA Officials to Testify on Benghazi

House Intelligence subcommittee to hold closed-door hearing

(Newser) - House members may soon know a lot more about what happened during the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi. CIA security officers who were on the scene are set to testify in a closed hearing before a House Intelligence subcommittee, insiders tell CNN . The officers, whose job it was... More »

Graham: I'll Bar Appointees Until I Get Benghazi Testimony

Senator thinks White House told survivors to keep mouth shut

(Newser) - He's not shutting down the government, but Lindsey Graham plans to use another procedural method to get the administration to open up on Benghazi. The GOP senator tweets that he'll block "every appointment in the US Senate" until the survivors of the Libya attack "are made... More »

Libya Approved Raid: US Officials

2nd raid to capture Benghazi suspect was called off

(Newser) - Despite its complaints about a "kidnapping," the Libyan government gave its tacit approval to the raid that captured al-Qaeda suspect Abu Anas al-Libi and a second raid that never took place, American officials tell the New York Times . The second raid would have been to seize Ahmed Abu... More »

This Is Why People Dismiss the Benghazi 'Scandal'

Dana Milbank sits in on a meeting laden with conspiracy theories

(Newser) - If you're wondering why people don't seem to be taking accusations about the Benghazi consulate attack seriously, look no further than the meeting at the Heritage Foundation yesterday. Some people raised serious questions, writes Dana Milbank at the Washington Post , but they were drowned out by "participants... More »

US Embassies Put on High Alert for 9/11

White House moves to avoid Benghazi repeat

(Newser) - The White House has stepped up security efforts to prevent September 11 from becoming the anniversary of any more tragedies. The administration, citing last year's 9/11 attack in Benghazi, has ordered increased security at American facilities around the world today and has put top counterterror aide Lisa Monaco in... More »

'Damning' Report: Benghazi Outpost Was a Sitting Duck

Gov't finds many US embassies at similar risk

(Newser) - The newly launched Al Jazeera America has its hands on an internal government report (you can read the full PDF here ) on the 2012 Benghazi attack, and the assessment is "damning." The report, written by an independent panel of intelligence and security experts, paints a picture of... More »

Anti-Muslim Film Director Freed From Prison, Speaks Out

Nakoula Basseley Nakoula chides president's administration

(Newser) - The man behind an infamous anti-Muslim film says he likes President Obama but thinks his administration has acted irresponsibly. In his first interview since being released from prison, Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, director of The Innocence of Muslims, tells CNN he was shocked when the administration linked his movie to the... More »

US Files 1st Charges in Benghazi Attack

Ahmed Khattalah accused in sealed indictment

(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:... More »

So What Exactly Was the CIA Doing in Benghazi?

CNN reports that dozens of agents were on ground before attack in secretive mission

(Newser) - A new CNN report might resurrect the controversy of last year's attack on the US consulate in Benghazi that killed ambassador Chris Stevens. The report asserts that not only did the CIA have "dozens" of operatives on the ground at the consulate before the attack, it is now... More »

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