Benghazi’s ‘lead suspect’ says ‘people panicked’

CNN recently made big news with an announcement that reporter Arwa Damon had tracked down a ‘lead suspect’ in the Benghazi attacks last year. This suspect’s name was Ahmed Abu Khattala, who admitted to being on the scene but said he had nothing to do with the attack; he just directed traffic there (because that’s what terrorists do during a terror attack).

Another stretch is believing – as Khattala says in interview excerpt below – that he didn’t even know where the compound was.

CNN's Arwa Damon interviewed 'lead suspect'

CNN’s Arwa Damon interviewed ‘lead suspect’

Khattala is a commander with Ansar al-Sharia, the group admittedly responsible. During a segment that appeared on Erin Burnett’s “The Truth about Benghazi” special, portions of Damon’s interview with Khattala were aired.

We found one admission by Khattala to be particularly interesting; he said that “people panicked”. Why is this significant?

Because it indicates that whatever operation was planned, control was lost. Panic necessarily implies a loss of control.

Again, if Benghazi was about taking Stevens hostage, his death – along with the deaths of Sean Smith, Glen Doherty, and Tyrone Woods – would indicate that the plan spun out of control.

Remember, Khattala was a firsthand witness who said “people panicked”. Here is that portion of Damon’s segment:

Note: we have introduced this video as EXHIBIT AB in our original report.


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