Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Benghazi Whistleblower Gregory Hicks in Same Building as ARB in October [corrected]

Correction: Gregory Hicks was interviewed by the ARB as he stated in his testimony at the congressional hearing on May 8th.

    Gregory Hicks is one of the so-called whistleblowers due to testify at congressional hearings on the Benghazi attacks on Wednesday.  He is prepared to give some of the most explosive testimony at the hearings, reportedly telling congressional investigators that "if the U.S. had quickly sent a military aircraft over Benghazi, it might have saved American lives."  Despite having been on the phone with Ambassador Chris Stevens as the Benghazi attacks were beginning, Hicks was not interviewed by the Accountability Review Board (ARB) convened by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and was not even mentioned in the report that the ARB produced.
    The ARB was convened on October 4, 2012.  Three weeks later, on October 25, 2012, Hicks was listed on a State Department schedule as meeting with Rick Barton, the Assistant Secretary for Conflict and Stabilization Operations at the State Department.
9:00 a.m. Assistant Secretary Barton meets with Deputy Chief of Mission for Embassy Tripoli Greg Hicks, at the Department of State.
    According to State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland, the ARB's meeting place was in the State Department building in Washington, D.C., the same place Hicks met with Barton.
    There is no public record of what transpired at the meeting between Hicks and Barton, and it is not clear why Hicks would not have been interviewed by the ARB given his presence in the same building as the investigators.  Perhaps Hicks's testimony this week will shed some light on this and other questions about why the American public has had to wait eight months to hear Hicks's version of the events surrounding the Benghazi fiasco.

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