October 19th, 2012
02:30 PM ET

Analysis: Five weeks on, confusion and contradictions on Benghazi suspects

By Tim Lister, Chris Lawrence and Paul Cruickshank

Five weeks after terrorists stormed the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, confusion over the nature of the attack, the extent to which it was planned and the identity of the perpetrators seems as pervasive as ever.

The latest in the conflicting reports coming out of the country: the naming of Ahmed Abu Khattala as a suspect in the assault that left four Americans dead.

Abu Khattala was identified in published reports this week as the leader of Ansar al-Sharia, an Islamist group widely suspected to be involved in the consulate attack.

Also: How intelligence understanding of Benghazi changed

Both The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times reported Wednesday that Abu Khattala was at the consulate while the attack was unfolding.

"Witnesses ... have said they saw Mr. Abu Khattala leading the assault," The New York Times reported.

But some sources in Benghazi say they doubt Abu Khattala had such a role, telling CNN that he is neither the leader of Ansar al-Sharia nor currently connected with other jihadist groups.

Two sources in Benghazi contacted by CNN describe Abu Khattala as conservative but not a jihadist. They say they had previously heard nothing about his being a suspect in the attack.

That view was echoed by Hamad Bugrain, a spokesman for the February 17 Brigade, who denied that Abu Khattala led the attack and said he "is no longer active in any military service or in any brigades." February 17th is considered one of the more effective units in Benghazi and intervened to help Americans trapped at the consulate's annex building on the night of the attack.

Bugrain added that Abu Khattala had been connected to Ansar al-Sharia at some point but he now has a "normal lifestyle."

Another source with well-established contacts among Libyan jihadist groups said Abu Khattala had come to prominence during the 2011 Libyan revolution after being freed from Abu Salim prison in Tripoli.

The source said Abu Khattala had a radical reputation as a "takfiri" - a Muslim who accuses other Muslims of being apostates if they don't follow certain aspects of Sharia law. He added that Abu Khattala's former brigade had been suspected in the assassination last year of former Interior Minister Abdelfattah Younis in Benghazi, after he had defected from the Gadhafi regime.

Abu Khattala himself spoke with Reuters in Benghazi on Thursday and said he had heard he was a suspect only through news media.

"These reports say that no one knows where I am and that I am hiding," he told Reuters. "But here I am in the open, sitting in a hotel with you. I'm even going to pick up my sister's kids from school soon."

He denied being a leader of Ansar al-Sharia but said he was friendly with the group and knew its members. He also acknowledged going to the consulate the night of the attack after receiving a phone call about the assault, but told Reuters: "Just because someone is there doesn't mean they were behind it."

"I arrived at the scene just like the others did - to see what was happening," he told Reuters.

Abu Khattala gave the same account to New York Times correspondent David Kirkpatrick, who told CNN Friday: "He said he was on the scene but arrived after the shooting had already begun and was just basically trying to break up a traffic jam." (Watch the interview)

But Kirkpatrick said he did not think Abu Khattala's account was particularly convincing.

Lack of central authority an obstacle for investigators

One of the problems investigators face is the lack of central authority in Libya, where security relies upon various militia that co-exist uneasily. Additionally, many senior members of the security services - especially in Benghazi - have been assassinated in recent months.

The rampant insecurity in Benghazi is repeatedly referenced in roughly 160 pages of diplomatic traffic released Friday by the U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa.

They include one cable sent from the consulate just a week before the attack that reports: "An hour-long gun battle broke out between local police and militia forces August 28 ... demonstrating the very delicate dynamic among the city's official and unofficial security forces."

Kirkpatrick, who spoke to CNN from Benghazi, said Libya doesn't "have much of an army or police force ... so I think (Abu Khattala) feels a certain amount of impunity walking around the streets of Benghazi."

In several cases of politically motivated violence, suspects have been detained and questioned before being released "for lack of evidence." Few prosecutions have occurred.

When asked by CNN Friday if the United States has a good idea of where the leadership of Ansar al-Shariah is, a U.S. official said the current thinking is that the group is concentrated east of Benghazi.

Libyan officials say that dozens of militants who previously had compounds in and around the eastern town of Derna had recently sought refuge in the forests and ravines behind the coastal town of Susa, which lies between Derna and Benghazi.

Earlier this month, three Libyan policemen were killed in an attack on their checkpoint at Susa that was blamed on Islamist radicals.

Asked about the intelligence-gathering process in Benghazi, the U.S. official said: "We obviously don't have boots on the ground," but he did suggest that U.S. agencies are working with Libyans to gather information.

Was al Qaeda involved?

U.S. and Libyan authorities are also investigating whether al Qaeda's affiliate in North Africa - al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) - had a role in the Benghazi attack.

Several days after the assault, the president of Libya's Parliament, Mohammed al Magarief, asserted that U.S. intelligence had intercepted communications between elements of AQIM and Ansar al-Sharia.

Neither U.S. nor Libyan officials have given further details.

Since the fall of Gadhafi, experts believe AQIM has tried to expand its operations northwards into Libya from its sub-Saharan strongholds. Sources briefed by Western intelligence told CNN that last year two senior AQIM figures made trips to Libya to explore the possibility of cooperation with local Libyan Jihadist groups, secure weapons supplies and scout out possible locations for training facilities.

One of those operatives, Mohktar Belmokhtar, an Algerian founding member of AQIM, spent several months in Libya and traveled up to Libya's northern coast, according to the source.

The other, Abdelhamid Abou Zeid – whose reported execution of Western hostages has cemented a reputation for extreme brutality - made several trips to Libya in 2011, according to the source.

Both men are now believed to be in northern Mali, which has become the epicenter of AQIM operations after jihadist groups took control of much of the region this year.

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    When something goes right in this administration, they take the credit as they should. However, when something goes wrong, as in Libya, they always, always blame the messenger, or anyone other than the administration, in this case the CIA and other intel sources.

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  30. snowdogg

    The exact nature of the "situation" at time of attack and subsequent events are still unfolding. It didn't help that the American investigative team was stiff-armed by the Libyan government for 3 weeks.

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  31. jonny

    In their zeal to get Obama and Clinton, who removed Ambassador Stevens diary from Benghazi after he died, shared it around the CNN newsroom and read it before returning it to the family? CNN did. When this is all said and done, I bet that's the only real crime committed here, tampering with evidence. Its also pretty unethical.

    October 21, 2012 at 3:03 am | Reply
  32. 2/8

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    • Taskmaster

      It was Muslim terrorist. Not just anyone.

      October 21, 2012 at 8:14 am | Reply
      • aqil m. imdad

        110% ISRAEL WAS BEHIND THIS TERRORIST ATTACK. MOSSAD WAS BEHIND THIS ATTACK

        October 21, 2012 at 8:25 am |
  33. mmi16

    There isn't enough tin foil in the world to cover all these thoughts – both left & right. What a total bunch of goofs!

    October 21, 2012 at 12:28 am | Reply
    • Brad76

      Tell us more oh wise one! What is the meaning of life? Surely you must have the answer!

      October 21, 2012 at 12:31 am | Reply
  34. gagged in usa

    probably israel to make obama look bad before the election, or propaganda to get us into another war. remember from the War Made Easy movie that they start wars on false information? banksters probably.

    October 20, 2012 at 11:09 pm | Reply
    • gagged in usa

      the central banks make money off of wars. and the war profiteers. so...we would have to align the money properly to get the results that we want. our whole system is out of whack.

      October 20, 2012 at 11:12 pm | Reply
    • MontanaTrace

      Anything to win an election.

      October 20, 2012 at 11:28 pm | Reply
    • dave

      no one has to make obama look bad ! it comes naturally! Great to see cnn give its warped view on the attack since it took them weeks to acknowledge it even happened!

      October 21, 2012 at 7:11 am | Reply
    • Taskmaster

      Try to take the heat off Obama by blaming Israel. Harry S. Truman another democrat had a sign on his desk in the oval office "The Buck Stops Here." Obama should have one reading 'The Buck Is PASSED Here.

      October 21, 2012 at 8:20 am | Reply
  35. Brad76

    I think this deserves further investigation, I don't think this was a traditional "terrorist attack". Whomever did this did so with some kind of an agenda in mind. Yeah I know, first thought in someones head when they hear something like that is "tinfoil hat", but this a bit different. There are other powers in the world who hate the USA and the west. This just strikes me as a calculated geopolitical based attack, just too many coincidences.

    October 20, 2012 at 10:25 pm | Reply
  36. Judy Reinhardt

    "Get the transcript, Candy." Now, you think the public believes you are capable of presenting information on Benghazi??? Please. You don't get to choose when you are truthful with us and when you are not!

    October 20, 2012 at 9:25 pm | Reply
    • Murphy

      Once a liar, always a liar Candy. I wouldn't believe you or trust anything you say. Good post, Judy.

      October 20, 2012 at 10:12 pm | Reply
    • MontanaTrace

      Anything to win an election. She sold herself.

      October 20, 2012 at 11:30 pm | Reply
  37. Brad

    Loss of 4 American lives in Libya is sad - this was a tragedy. However, if you are looking for gross incompetence and negligence, recall Beirut in 1983 when an old fool fell asleep at the steering wheel and let 241 Americans die in Beirut barracks.

    October 20, 2012 at 9:13 pm | Reply
    • snowdogg

      So right on!

      October 21, 2012 at 6:20 am | Reply
    • Taskmaster

      Bring up anything from the past to defend an incompetent glory seeker that cares nothing about the people of that work for him or the people he is supposed to serve

      October 21, 2012 at 8:27 am | Reply
  38. Homer10

    Both sides are right. The terrorists were looking for an opportunity, and the protest gave them the opportunity they were looking for. Either way it doesn't make any difference in the outcome.

    October 20, 2012 at 8:55 pm | Reply
    • Murphy

      Videos in realtime do NOT show any protests going on. Cover up, pure and simple.

      October 20, 2012 at 10:13 pm | Reply
    • MontanaTrace

      What protest?

      October 20, 2012 at 11:31 pm | Reply
  39. Bayousara

    Ask Mitt Romney who was behind the attacks! He was there!!!!!!

    Actually, Karl Rove will be running the country like he did for George W. Bush. From behind the scenes. If Mitt wins, good luck, fella. You will screw up all the diplomacy (which he doesn't know the definition of) that Hillary and the prez have been working on. BTW, folks, if you have sons or grandsons, you will see conscription into a war with Iran and others in the midEast. So better warn the kids now and show them a map of Canada.

    October 20, 2012 at 8:50 pm | Reply
  40. LiIes NCover-up

    CNN now reports that the terrorist attack and assassinations at the US Embassy in Benghazi had nothing to do with the you-tube video??? They must have been given the OK from their White House superiors.

    When will CNN report the reasons why Obama lied to the American People and the world during his UN speech? Could the reason be his Middle East policies are failing, and he wants to keep the power of the POTUS?

    October 20, 2012 at 8:37 pm | Reply
    • Bayousara

      The attacts in Libya were not involved with that stupid video. It is a coincidence the video was circulating the globe. The attackers have not yet been identified. But maybe Mittens and Paul might know who they were. At Monday's debate (so called) I think the mod should ask Romney who the attackers were.

      October 20, 2012 at 8:52 pm | Reply
    • Oblamo

      Please, these are CNN comments. Before Candy, John King and Erin Burnett go on the air each day, they each have to kiss a picture of OBLAMO's ass and promise to be biased toward all democrats. Fox leans to the right but those 3 should not have their names and the words journalist in the same sentance.

      October 20, 2012 at 9:48 pm | Reply
  41. RF Burns

    I thought this was just an organized protest over that silly video that got out of hand. Wow, am I shocked!

    October 20, 2012 at 8:20 pm | Reply
    • Homer10

      That silly little protest was used by a terrorist group to do a raid. Who cares who is right? They got us, but we will just fly a few more drone attacks to make up for it. They get 4 we get a few hundred.

      October 20, 2012 at 8:59 pm | Reply
  42. BcdErick

    CNN should give up "reporting" on this subject. You folks have been caught so many times desperately trying cover up the incompetence of Obama it is national joke. Millions are laughing at you. CNN has become, over this subject at least, "The Least Trusted Name in News". Give it rest.

    October 20, 2012 at 8:09 pm | Reply
    • Oblamo

      Millions are laughing but based on their ratings, not many are watching. Quit trying to protect Obama and start reporting the news and maybe you may get more viewers.

      October 20, 2012 at 9:52 pm | Reply
    • Here we go again...

      It's too late, CNN. You can try and cover up the incompetency of the Obama White House and his State Department. It's not washing with anyone who has even half a brain at this point.

      October 20, 2012 at 11:19 pm | Reply
      • Don'tknow much about the state department

        The vast majority of the State Department is the same as under the previous President, and will be the same under the next President, whenever that is...

        October 21, 2012 at 12:40 am |
  43. Kamil Zawadzki

    Reblogged this on Outspoken.

    October 20, 2012 at 8:01 pm | Reply
  44. Syd Chaden

    The Obama Administration is investigating who might have been responsible for the attack on the US Consulate in Libya. Their list of suspects includes:
    George Bush, Sarah Palin, Israel, Rush Limbaugh and Fox News. No Muslims are on the list of suspects, because puttijng a Muslim on the list might jeopardize the wonderful relations that the US has with the Muslim World. They won't release any information until after the elections, because that might jeopardize their investigation. Of course, if they did release any information, that might jeopardize their chances for reelection.
    How could anyone not vote for the most transparent presidency in our history?
    Anyone who says that it isn't the most transparent presidency in our history must be a racist!

    October 20, 2012 at 7:58 pm | Reply
  45. rexdogcanadien

    In this culture failure is often seen as an unworthy outcome in any event. If this were so we would still be living in caves, using primitive tools with little or no knowledge of how to progress. It is obvious that man is hardwired to recognize that there is value in failing to achieve most human endeavor. He learned that failure is informative. It is the catalyst for all technological, medical, military, agricultural,etc knowledge. Thus we should avoid using failure as a weapon of punishment.

    October 20, 2012 at 7:53 pm | Reply
  46. Get Real

    Although all of the confusion over who did it is disturbing, this admin looking the other way for 3 months leading up to this tragedy is worse. Stevens warned of the al Qaeda flag being flown over gov bldgs and training facilities. He warned of violence and growing issues. In early June the Brigades(pro al Qaeda) bombed this Embassy and warned that as long as drones fly they will continue. Libyan officials warned about the possibility of attacks. What did we do? Denied that Eastern Lybia had a growing concern. Denied requests for security. Then, above all else, we listened to the attacks for 6 hours and chose to not send in support over supposed clearance concerns. We weren't concerned about clearance in Pakistan but suddenly when american lives are in direct threat we choose to show that concern? Don't let mass media or me or anyone tell you what the arguments of this awful event should be. There were failures everywhere in the timeline and everywhere in the chain of command.

    October 20, 2012 at 7:14 pm | Reply
    • Backgammon

      That is because Obama has a really hard time saying the word Terrorist. Didn't you notice those 13 people killed at Ft. Hood, were work place violence. Many of our military guys can't get payments because Obama can not call it what it is.
      When a Muslim screams Alla Ackbar....pretty sure it is a terrorist.

      October 21, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Reply
  47. LOL!

    I'm begining to feel it was hit men hired by the GoP ..perhaps the Koch Bros.... in an effort to destroy Obama's excellent foreign affairs record.

    October 20, 2012 at 7:10 pm | Reply
    • Allena Westbrook

      You are so right!

      October 20, 2012 at 7:46 pm | Reply
    • RF Burns

      Sure, just like his excellent economic record, right?

      October 20, 2012 at 8:18 pm | Reply
    • Murphy

      Are you really that dumb? Or is it your liberal mouth getting ahead of your brain?

      October 20, 2012 at 10:17 pm | Reply
    • MontanaTrace

      Are you nuts?!

      October 20, 2012 at 11:33 pm | Reply
    • MontanaTrace

      What a shameful comment! Both side fight dirty to win the election but a comment like this, neither side would be anything but ashamed of. You are a disgrace of an American! Oh, wait, you probably are not American. Even so, how terrible that anyone would say that! Disgusting!

      October 20, 2012 at 11:37 pm | Reply
    • SugarCube

      Obama's 9/11 terror attack has been an unmitigated disaster. Monday's debate should be precious.

      October 21, 2012 at 8:39 am | Reply
  48. John

    Should make for interesting interchange at Monday's debate

    Romney "New reports from Libya suggest that the story wasn't reported correctly by the administration"

    Obama "Even newer reports, which you are privy to state " It wasn't Al Queda, and was just as likely spontaneous as it was pre-planned by a major terrorist group".......You should be ashamed for Lying Mr. Romney, you just receivied this."

    October 20, 2012 at 6:39 pm | Reply
    • EdD

      Then of course Romney can counter with the news reports that al qaeda claimed responsibility on 9/15 while Obama was promoting that a vudeo was to blame. Let me repeat this; al qaeda came out and said they did it.
      "Al-Qaeda says attack on U.S. consulate in Libya ‘revenge’ for death of its 2nd man"
      english dot alarabiya dot net/articles/2012/09/15/238197.html

      October 20, 2012 at 6:43 pm | Reply
  49. Soldier of Fortunes

    Sheeple for People I see...you need to take off the rose colored glasses...the Robpublicans set this up like bowling pins..
    They knew ahead of time the security issues...timed it for 9-11 and Robmoney was the first to make declarations...they have been doing that to the White House since the Black Boy that got his Law Degree at Harvard is now in Charge...
    And they really don't like that...didn't think it would come to pass...been bellowing in their bourbons since...they crucify those they cannot forget or those they cannot stand or both...either way Law Boy is a good pick...Harvard trained...
    He will give us reports and the White Boys of the White House don't like that...they just can't shut him up...lol...GOOD!!!

    October 20, 2012 at 6:11 pm | Reply
    • Allena Westbrook

      I agree with you,strange this person who made this awful film said he was paid $50million from five donors?????film on you tube all hell breaks out people die Romney out speaking before even the President has any facts he's all over this setup setup just saying.

      October 20, 2012 at 7:42 pm | Reply
  50. Captain

    ODD FACT ... the two days before this attack, the News began reporting about new investigations of Bush WH complicity in 9/11, as well as the Silverstein (Israel/Mossad) connection. "Suddenly" this 'attack' happened, and that News disappeared.... don't think these things are planned – think again....

    see youtube - CIA Asset Susan Lindauer Can Now Speak 10 years after 9-11.
    Yeah, Bush WH did it. Lied about everything. More on VeteransToday

    October 20, 2012 at 6:03 pm | Reply
    • Get Real

      Although all of the confusion over who did it is disturbing, this admin looking the other way for 3 months leading up to this tragedy is worse. Stevens warned of the al Qaeda flag being flown over gov bldgs and training facilities. He warned of violence and growing issues. In early June the Brigades(pro al Qaeda) bombed this Embassy and warned that as long as drones fly they will continue. Libyan officials warned about the possibility of attacks. What did we do? Denied that Eastern Lybia had a growing concern. Denied requests for security. Then, above all else, we listened to the attacks for 6 hours and chose to not send in support over supposed clearance concerns. We weren't concerned about clearance in Pakistan but suddenly when american lives are in direct threat we choose to show that concern? People please find out all of the facts. Don't let mass media or me or anyone tell you what the arguments of this awful event should be. There were failures everywhere in the timeline and everywhere in the chain of command.

      October 20, 2012 at 7:12 pm | Reply
  51. cadillacrich

    SECURITY DENIED
    AMERICANS DIED
    0BAMA LIED and is now FRIED.

    October 20, 2012 at 5:37 pm | Reply
  52. dd

    Why was there confusion? The Embassy was yelling for security help and describing the deteriorating situation in LIbya as al Qaeda strengthen. The diplomatic letters are clear. Obama and Clinton ignored our Embassy and were neglect in the murders of four Americans. When is the buck going to stop at Obama's White House. Maybe after 100s of news journalists are slaughtered some place; maybe then the NYT may pay attention to the incompetence.

    October 20, 2012 at 5:33 pm | Reply
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