First on CNN: U.S. files first criminal charges in Benghazi attack
August 6th, 2013
04:14 PM ET

First on CNN: U.S. files first criminal charges in Benghazi attack

By Evan Perez

Federal agents and prosecutors investigating the attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi have filed charges against Ahmed Khattalah, leader of a Libyan militia that officials believe was involved in the assault, people briefed on the investigation said. The charges under seal are the first criminal counts to emerge from the probe.

The investigation of the attack last September 11 that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three others continues, these people said, as investigators try to build their case against Khattalah and others who authorities believe were involved.

Attorney General Eric Holder had earlier this year promised congressional lawmakers the Justice Department would soon make public what actions it would take.

With the anniversary of the attack looming, the Justice Department has come under criticism for the lack of public progress in the case.

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