A detail that has gone largely unnoticed in the controversial New York Times report regarding the 2012 Benghazi attack: A Times reporter was supposedly there at the time of the incident and even talked to some of the attackers.

From the report:

There is no doubt that anger over the [YouTube] video [mocking Islam and created in the U.S.] motivated many attackers. A Libyan journalist working for The New York Times was blocked from entering by the sentries outside, and he learned of the film from the fighters who stopped him.

David Kirkpatrick, author of the new report, reiterated this in a tweet last night: “We had a reporter on the scene talking to the attackers during the attack- still invaluable,” he wrote.

In effect, this would seem to mean someone at the Times knows who the attackers are.

We’ve requested comment from Kirkpatrick as to who the Times reporter at the scene was and whether he’s been asked by the U.S. to cooperate in any investigations on the matter.

Update: Reached by phone, Kirkpatrick said that “as a matter of policy” he doesn’t want to discuss his reporting on his story.

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