Ahmed Abdu Khattala, who is accused of being part of the terrorist attack on the U.S. diplomatic consulate in Benghazi, recently spoke to CNN without showing his face.
Khattala claims he is not in hiding, has not been pursued by U.S. or Libyan authorities and did not have direct involvement in the terrorist attack (video below).
According to CNN reporter Arwa Damon, “[Khattala] seemed to be confident. His demeanor most certainly not that of a man who believed he was going to be detained or targeted any time soon. And he agreed to let us film audio, but not video of our conversation.”
“Even the investigative [FBI] team did not try to contact me,” said Khattala, notes Mediaite.com.
Damon said that Khattala arrived at the interview with a small group of Libyan security forces.
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Khattala told her that he would speak with American investigators, but would not submit to an interrogation.
Khattala claims he came upon the consulate scene after the initial terrorist attack, but saw rocket-propelled grenades, medium guns and other types of weapons. Because of the gun fire, he was situated on the perimeter of the consulate compound.
In response, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) said: "News out today that CNN was able to go in and talk to one of the suspected terrorists, how come the military hasn't been able to get after them, capture and kill these people? How come the FBI isn't doing this and yet CNN is?"