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60 Minutes Retracts Benghazi Story

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Respected news program 60 Minutes has retracted a widely-discussed story about last year’s terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya last year that killed four, including ambassador Chris Stevens. The retraction came after other new outlets exposed inconsistencies in the statements of security contractor Dylan Davies. Davies was the cornerstone of the report on Benghazi, by CBS’s Lara Logan.

Davies’ former employer and other sources have confirmed that he was a manager of a private security team protecting the State Department in Benghazi, and was stationed there on the night of the attack.

Davies, using the pseudonym Morgan Jones, told Logan that on that night, he scaled a wall and fought a combatant hand-to-hand, before visiting a local hospital to see the corpse of Stevens.

The story aired on Oct. 27.

But days later, the Washington Post reported that Davies had filed a conflicting report with his employer, saying he spent most of the night in a villa away from the fighting, and could not get near the diplomatic compound due to roadblocks. The article also noted that Davies described a third version of events to the FBI.

Appearing on CBS’s This Morning, Logan apologized. She suggested Davies had said the report to his employer was falsified, because he had been ordered not to go to the compound. Davies had also said his descriptions to the FBI and CBS News were the same. But in some interviews, Davies outright denied writing the employer report.

It’s unclear what was in the FBI report, but enough doubt had been sowed to pull the story.

The 60 Minutes report had fueled many critics who accuse the Obama administration of everything from negligence to outright complicity in the attacks. In the wake of the broadcast, Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-SC) had said he would block all Obama nominees until the survivors testify before Congress. But as of Friday, Graham would not comment on the retraction.

 

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