I thought you might want to view this interview by George Stephanopoulos of Gregory Hicks, the State Department officer who was on the ground in Libya during the Benghazi attack and later testified before Congress. It ran on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday.
Hicks alleges he is being punished by State for testifying, saying, “Yes, I feel that I have been punished. I don’t know why I was punished. I don’t know why I was shunted aside, put in a closet.”
He also said during the interview that that while he is not aware of what assets might have been available to rescue the Americans in Benghazi, he was told by a military official that it takes about two or three hours for jets to load up and reach Libya from Aviano Air Force Base in Italy. The two former Navy SEALs killed defending the CIA Annex died some eight hours after the attack began.
“I still don’t quite understand why they couldn’t fly aircraft over to Benghazi,” Hicks said. “I just thought that they would come.”
Hicks also noted that the video initially proclaimed by the administration as the cause of the Benghazi attacks was “a non-event” in Libya, and that Ambassador Chris Stevens, who was killed, had futilely requested that the State Department not reduce security at the Benghazi compound.
Here’s the interview.
One juicy aside – Stephanopoulos has had a rocky relationship with Hillary Clinton, who was Secretary of State at the time of the attack, having written a semi-tell-all book after working for Bill Clinton that made him persona non grata at the White House.
Here’s an interview the two conducted in 2008 where you can see some of the contempt creeping in.