Monday, May 6, 2013

No.2 U.S. official in Libya says diplomats knew Benghazi consulate attack was terrorism 'from the get-go'

Diplomats in Libya knew the assault on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi was a terrorist attack 'from the get-go,' the number-two American official in the country will testify this week.

The revelation by Gregory Hicks, the deputy chief of mission in Libya, shows that the Obama Administration knew the the September 11, 2012 attack was not the result of a popular protest over an anti-Islamic YouTube video - as the American public was initially told.

Hicks is one of three State Department 'whistle blowers' expected to appear in front of the House Oversight Committee Wednesday to give evidence of a 'coverup' by the Obama administration over its response to the attack that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.

The combined testimony is likely to re-ignite criticism of the Obama Administration's handling of the run-up to the Benghazi attacks and its handling of the aftermath.