Katie LaPotin, Red Alert Politics, May 8, 2013
During his testimony before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee this afternoon Benghazi whistleblower Gregory Hicks undercut the Obama administration’s original claims that the Sept. 11 attack in Libya was the result of a sponatenous protest caused by an offensive YouTube video.
Hicks, the deputy chief of mission at the U.S. consulate in Libya, testified that, ”The YouTube video was a non event in Libya,” and that he is ”confident” that the former U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens – who died in the attack along with three other Americans – would have reported a protest if one had occurred on his doorstep.
“The video was not an instigator of anything that was going on in Libya,” Hicks reiterated to Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) later in the hearing. “We saw no demonstrations related to the video anyhwere in Libya. The only event that transpired was the attack on our consulate on the night of Sept. 11.”
Hicks was referring to the comments made by U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice several days after the attack, in which she blamed the terrorist attack on the Libyan Embassy on a vulgar Internet video defaming the Islamic prophet Muhammad.
“I was stunned,” Hicks told the committee after Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) asked about Rice’s comments on Sunday morning talk shows shortly after the attack. “My jaw dropped and I was embarrased.”
He later added that Rice had not consulted with him before appearing on the five talk shows.
“So Ambassador Rice directly contradicts the evidence on the ground in Libya, she directly contradicts the President of Libya, she directly contradicts the last statement uttered by Ambassador Stevens,” Gowdy remarked in response to Hicks’ testimony.