Despite being accused of possibly playing a role in the deadly Sept. 11, 2012, Benghazi terror attack, Ahmed Abdu Khattala has reportedly not been questioned in Libya by U.S. investigators. However, that’s not because he is in hiding.
He revealed as much to CNN, a media outlet that has now extracted more information from the Benghazi suspect than the United States government.
Khattala told CNN’s Arwa Damon, in a portion of the full interview aired on Wednesday, that American investigators were not searching for him and he is not in hiding. He is also denying any role in the Benghazi attack.
Further, he claimed that not even the FBI investigative team that went to Libya in the aftermath of the Benghazi attack attempted to contact him. He said the Libyan government has not reached out to him.
Khattala reportedly told CNN that he is willing to talk with U.S. investigators about what he witnessed on the night of the attack. However, he made it clear that he would not voluntarily agree to interrogation.
Damon also pointed out that he grew “agitated” when they pressed him for specific details about the night of the attack. He told the reporter that he arrived after the attack occurred.
It is unclear whether Khattala really played a role in the deadly attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi, but there is no doubt that he is, at least, a witness. It would seem that U.S. investigators seeking to bring those responsible for the deaths of four Americans to justice would at least place a call to all known witnesses and potential suspects.
Damon concluded with an important and burning question: “Why has no one reached out to him yet?”