The names of the three self-proclaimed “whistleblowers” set to testify Wednesday before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on the September terrorist attack of the American diplomatic mission in Benghazi have finally been revealed, Fox News reported.
The three state department officials include Gregory N. Hicks, deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Libya at the time of the attacks; Eric Nordstrom, a diplomatic security officer who was the regional security officer in Libya; and Mark I. Thompson, a former Marine and now the deputy coordinator for Operations in the agency’s Counterterrorism Bureau.
The Sept. 11, 2012, attacks on the U.S. outpost in Benghazi, Libya, killed four people, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens. The Obama administration claimed an anti-Muslim video posted online, which caused riots elsewhere, was to blame for the attacks.
“We’ve seen the heavy assault on our post in Benghazi that took the lives of those brave men. We’ve seen the rage and violence directed at American embassies over an awful video that we had nothing to do with,” then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in a Sept. 14, 2012, statement.
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Hillary Clinton has since been under attack from the GOP for not taking responsibility for the terrorist attacks and not having more security to protect those killed.
Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., head of the oversight panel, said Hicks will testify that a rescue mission to save Stevens and others was thrown out in the midst of the siege.
Hicks, who was in Tripoli during the attack, reportedly received phone calls from Ambassador Stevens. He said fellow whistleblower Mark Thompson was present when he took those calls.
“He was there for every one of those phone calls—7½ hours in which they begged for help,” Rep. Issa told an audience at the annual Lincoln-Reagan dinner on Friday.
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Hicks became acting ambassador when Stevens was killed, according to Issa, and “was there for the time in which they launched an internal rescue mission and military personnel were told to get off the plane.”
Issa said Hicks will testify that U.S. officials did not send soldiers on the flight because they did “not want a military presence.”
“So less good people—less capable of fighting their way in—were on that plane,” Issa told the GOP audience of 640.
Hicks and Thompson have never been heard publicly before. Nordstrom made headlines in October 2012 when he testified before the oversight committee giving the details of requests made by Stevens and others for increased security at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.