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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Reporter David Kirkpatrick On The Benghazi Suspect He Interviewed

Ahmed Abu Khattala is expected to be brought to Washington D.C. in the coming days for trial, where he could face the death penalty for his role in the killings of four Americans in the 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi.

Witnesses describe him directing militants who stormed the consulate, but Khattala has largely been living in public in Libya since the attack. Questions are being asked about what his role was in the attack and why he wasn’t captured until now.

The New York Times’ Cairo bureau chief David Kirkpatrick interviewed Khattala in the days after the attack. He joins Here & Now’s Robin Young to discuss Khattala and the significance of his capture.


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  • Rick

    I’m confused…I thought the guy “responsible” (according to Obama and Ms. Clinton) was arrested for making the YouTube video that caused all of this. Never mind that none of the terrorist/attackers had seen the video.

    • Rick

      A nice story trying to justify the lies told by Susan Rice and the Obama Administration prior to the election in 2012.

    • LaurenceGlavin

      It wasn’t necessary for the attackers to have seen the anti-Islamic video. A few weeks after its release, it was then translated into Arabic and THEN was viewed by Imams and Ayatollahs who then urged their followers to go on a rampage.

  • Frog

    David Kirkpatrick tripling down on the youtube video. Only David Kirpatrick and H&N are still pushing this story.

    The OFFICIAL Obama administration position as enunciated by Jay Carney is:

    White House Daily Briefing

    May 8, 2013 Timestamp: 27:20


    “Do you still believe an anti-Muslim video sparked the terror attacks?”


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