60 Minutes' Benghazi Source, Dylan Davies, Admits Lying
Last Sunday, CBS News' 60 Minutes aired what it boasted was new information about the Benghazi terrorist attack on Sept. 11, 2012.
The original 60 Minutes' report identified Davies as "Morgan Jones," noted The Washington Post.
Davies, a consultant to Libyan security guards, originally claimed on 60 Minutes (and in his new book The Embassy House) that he climbed a wall of the U.S. consulate in Benghazi and hit a terrorist in the face with his rifle butt.
However, according to The Washington Post, Davies wrote in an incident report to Blue Mountain, the UK contractor hired by the U.S. State Department to provide security, that he spent most of the night of the attack at his Benghazi beach-side villa because “we could not get anywhere near... as roadblocks had been set up.”
On Saturday, Davies told The Daily Beast that he did not write the incident report and had not seen it.
Davies said the version in the incident report, which he supposedly did not write, matched what he told his Blue Mountain Group supervisor in his book.
Davies admitted that he lied to his supervisor at Blue Mountain Group "because he did not want his supervisor to know he had disobeyed his orders."
“He told me under no circumstances was I to go up there. I respected him so much I did not want him to know that I had not listened to him,” said Davies, “I have not seen him since.”
Davies also claimed the U.S. State Department leaked the Blue Mountain incident report and that there is a coordinated effort to smear him.
“I am just a little man against some big people here,” added Davies. “They can do things, make up things, anything they want, I wouldn’t stand a chance... I knew I was going to come in for a lot of flack and you know mud slinging, so yeah I’d say it was them, but I can’t be sure.”
According to ForeignPolicy.com, Davies' book was published by Threshold Editions, part of Simon & Schuster, owned by the Viacom Corporation, which also owns CBS News. This was not disclosed by 60 Minutes.
Sources: Scribd.com, The Washington Post, CBS News, The Daily Beast, MediaMatters.org