CNN confirmed Wednesday that they accomplished something that the Obama administration has not been able to do for almost 11 months — track down and interview a a major suspect in the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on our foreign mission in Benghazi.
CNN’s John King announced that Arwa Damon, CNN senior international correspondent, interviewed Ahmed Abu Khattala for a full two hours. Khattala named by both Libyan and U.S. officials as the Benghazi leader of the al-Qaida-affiliated Ansar al-Sharia, the group that reportedly led the raid that took four American lives.
“It is interesting — the FBI has put some photos up on its website of people of interest, but they haven’t arrested anybody,” said King. “And I’ll tell you this: We’ve been working on a project here at CNN for a special due out later … And Arwa Damon, our great correspondent, went back to Benghazi. She sat down with one of the people the FBI says is a lead suspect for 2 hours. He says he’s never been contacted by the Libyan government, never been contacted by the FBI, so that is why you have this exasperation among some leading Republicans in the Congress.”
The day following the attack, Barack Obama was all blood, guts and determination.
“We will not waver in our commitment to see that justice is done for this terrible act,” the president said in the Rose Garden. “And make no mistake, justice will be done.”
Shortly after the president delivered these words, he hopped aboard Air Force-One for a Las Vegas fundraiser and seems to have been campaigning ever since while Benghazi has become a “phony scandal.”
Watch the CNN video of King’s announcement.
In the following clip, Damon describes how easy it was to track down Khattala, describes their meeting and offers a short clip of the full interview that will be aired at a date to be announced.
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