State Dept Stonewalls On Benghazi Suspect
President Obama and the White House have stated multiple times that the President is fiercely “committed” to discovering and punishing those responsible for the attack on the U.S. Special Mission in Benghazi, Libya in September of last year which cost the lives of four Americans. However, the President’s “committed” administration is now allowing the Tunisian government to release a top suspect in the Benghazi attack without protest or comment.
State Department Spokeswoman Victoria Nuland was bombarded with questions about the Benghazi attack suspect Tunisia released yesterday due to “lack of evidence.” The State Department decided to pass the buck entirely to the FBI or the Tunisian government despite the repeated protests from the State Department press pool. Nuland was asked multiple times to explain how the State Department — the division of the U.S. Government that deals with foreign governments and agencies — could simply cede the responsibility of transparency to the American people and diplomacy in international law enforcement to other agencies or governments. Nuland wouldn’t budge, she only repeated that all questions should be directed to the FBI (who hasn’t given any statements about the ongoing investigation) or the tight-lipped Tunisian government.
The press pool pointed out that the Ambassador to Tunisia just happened to be in the building this week and asked if he had any discussions about the decision by Tunisian authorities. Nuland was silent, stating that she was not going to reveal internal conversations that were happening at the State Department.