Benghazi whistle-blower Hicks: Internal review 'let people off the hook'
May 5th, 2013
12:51 PM ET
8 years ago

Benghazi whistle-blower Hicks: Internal review 'let people off the hook'

(CNN) - Greg Hicks, former deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, Libya, told congressional investigators that the State Department internal review of the catastrophe at the mission in Benghazi "let people off the hook," CNN has learned.

The Accountability Review Board "report itself doesn’t really ascribe blame to any individual at all. The public report anyway," Hicks told investigators, according to transcript excerpts obtained by CNN. "It does let people off the hook."


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soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. Wes

    "I never reported a demonstration; I reported an attack on the consulate," Hicks said. Stevens' "last report, if you want to say his final report, is, 'Greg, we are under attack.'"
    So much for the 'blame it on the video' lie. What a pathetic administration.

    May 5, 2013 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  2. Thomas

    I've never been ‑‑ I have been a professional diplomat for 22 years. I have never been as embarrassed in my life, in my career, as on that day."
    Greg Hicks, former deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli should after 22 years understand embarrassment happens .

    WMD's in Iraq ?

    May 5, 2013 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  3. Gurgyl

    Enough of this Benghazi idiocy.

    May 5, 2013 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  4. Zerubbabel

    His account is pure conjecture and Monday morning quarterbacking. Provide a regulation, guidance or proof that the report let people off the hook. I can say that if elephants had wings, they could fly, prove me wrong. His opinion is no more valid then those who compiled the report, who by the way gad more access to intelligence and principal actors than he. The burden of proof and evidence is on the accuser, hearsay and conjectvre does not meet that criteria.

    May 5, 2013 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  5. Charleton

    Big time cover up. I don't remember anybody dying during Watergate....

    May 5, 2013 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  6. ted

    What a joke cnn. Obama lies. Hillary does not do her job and cnn reports 2 paragraghs covering their butts. Will cnn ever become a proper news organization again? And even if obama was right and it was a protest against a movie, what happen to free press?

    May 5, 2013 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  7. Neutral Observer

    Hillary is the chosen one. She'll never be held accountable, just look at her recent remarks. I bet Biden gets thrown under the bus.

    May 5, 2013 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  8. Thomas

    How does a President get impeached over something so trivial as Watergate but not something like this?


    What planet are you from ?

    Lets wait on the facts and statements under oath people before we make it into a Fast and Furious , Benghazi , dog and pony ,super sized Issa big gulp .

    The same people that blame Obama for the attack on the consult " mission ", and CIA in Benghazi are the same people who blamed the President for the oil spill in the gulf of mexico .

    Comparing watergate to Benghazi is absurd ! Nixon knowingly brooke the law .

    May 5, 2013 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  9. cthrurlies

    WMD and 9/11? Bush holding hands with the Saudis. No one from Iraq or Afghanistan were on the planes of 9/11. They all were from Saudi Arabia. Why wasn't this investigated? Dick Chaney made how many billions off of that war? Why isn't he investigated? Just some hypocricy and double standards going on here.

    May 5, 2013 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  10. Len

    Again, prove there was a cover up. All conjecture.
    WMD in Iraq. Now that was a bunch of lies. 5,000 American s dead, 100,000 Irag civilians dead.
    Bush administration walks away with no GOP hearings.
    Ironic .

    May 5, 2013 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  11. Anthony in California

    Big time cover up. I don't remember anybody dying during Watergate....

    Big time cover up. I don't remember anybody dying during 9-11-01-gate....
    Big time cover up. I don't remember anybody dying during WMD-gate....

    oh wait...

    May 5, 2013 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  12. robert

    its good to know that be agreeded with the president who also described it as a terrorist attack in his first statement.

    May 5, 2013 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  13. Former Republican, now an Independent

    The public is growing very weary of Darrell Issa and the republicans in the house wasting taxpayer's money on these pathetic "witch hunts". It's about time these republican obstructionists started focusing on issues that help the nation, and quit stalling and hindering economic growth!

    May 5, 2013 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  14. don in albuquerque

    And when its comes out that he wittnessed nothing more then his own opinion, belched over a cup of morning coffee will the GOP finally let thils go? Nope because they cannot be embarrased. I want to see rock solid proof, or see this man and Issa in jail for knowlingly providing false information. Thrid pary information as evidence is not admissable, Bubba.

    May 5, 2013 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  15. Just a thought

    @Charleton, do you remember anybody dying looking for WMD's in Iraq? feeling a little like a putz much?

    May 5, 2013 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  16. Just a thought

    @Wes, Ha ha...wondering your talking points are re-runs from Faux News and fools(?) my guess would be a definitive – YES. I have a question for ya, what do you think of an administration that declares "mission accomplished" before this country leads 4500 of our finest men and women to die in Iraq? Oh that's right, lil Dubya was a great president that got everything right....Vapid on the thinking front....use of the brain is still considered very patriotic, if at all possible in your case.

    May 5, 2013 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  17. Name Uche Agonsi

    For Congress to hook up to something in future, it should employ a seer, prophet, fortune........or allow McCain & Boehner swallow the hook. When is this Congress do something more relieving for Americans than unnecessary blame game.

    May 5, 2013 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  18. Catmandew

    Obama's finest moment! Coverup at Benghazi so it won't cause him to lose the election. This a tired old horse but that is the truth. All you mindless Obamabots need to quit making excuses for your fearless leader and just admit the truth even tho he won't !

    May 5, 2013 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  19. chrissy

    Charleton, you DO remember people dying on 9/11 dont you? THAT was a big time cover up! And still GWB hasnt been punished for his part in that!

    May 5, 2013 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  20. Getoverit

    WMD’s in Iraq ?
    Sorry, the Dems never pursued it. Next.....

    May 6, 2013 01:41 am at 1:41 am |
  21. Marie MD

    @charleton, but we do remember and are stilll iving all the deaths on a lie of a war in Iraq. If you want to talk about big time cover up look to cheney who still thinks we were going to be welcomed with open arms.
    Do you even know what Watergate was about?

    May 6, 2013 06:35 am at 6:35 am |
  22. Guest

    For all of you liberals and your constant bs about Benghazi being handled correctly and that it was all politics...the cover up is now uncovered! Amazing what dumbocrats will do to keep power including lies and attacks to anyone that questions them, feel duped for wasting your vote or do you appreciate being misled?

    May 6, 2013 06:43 am at 6:43 am |