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Benghazi ‘Whistle-Blowers’ Names Are Revealed

From Fox News:

BENGHAZI: Names of ‘whistle-blower’ witnesses revealed

By James Rosen, Chad Pergram | May 04, 2013

Their identities have been a well-guarded secret, known only to their high-powered lawyers and a handful of House lawmakers and staff. But now Fox News has learned the names of the self-described Benghazi “whistle-blowers” who are set to testify before a widely anticipated congressional hearing on Wednesday.

Appearing before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will be three career State Department officials: Gregory N. Hicks, the deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Libya at the time of the Benghazi terrorist attacks; Mark I. Thompson, a former Marine and now the deputy coordinator for Operations in the agency’s Counterterrorism Bureau; and Eric Nordstrom, a diplomatic security officer who was the regional security officer in Libya, the top security officer in the country in the months leading up to the attacks…

At the time of Stevens’ death, Hicks became the highest-ranking American diplomat in Libya.

Nordstrom previously testified before the oversight committee, which is chaired by Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., in October 2012. Of the three witnesses, he is the only one who does not consider himself a whistle-blower. At last fall’s hearing, however, Nordstrom made headlines by detailing for lawmakers the series of requests that he, Ambassador Stevens, and others had made for enhanced security at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi in the period preceding the attacks, requests mostly rejected by State Department superiors.

"For me the Taliban is on the inside of the [State Department] building," Nordstrom testified, angry over inadequate staffing at a time when the threat environment in Benghazi was deteriorating,

The other two witnesses have not been heard from publicly before.

Hicks is a veteran Foreign Service officer whose overseas postings have also included Afghanistan, Syria, and Yemen.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, a Utah Republican and committee member, said Hicks was in Tripoli at 9:40 p.m. local time when he received one of Stevens’ earliest phone calls amid the crisis.

“We’re under attack! We’re under attack!” the ambassador reportedly shouted into his cellphone at Hicks.

Chaffetz, who subsequently debriefed Hicks, also said the deputy “immediately called into Washington to trigger all the mechanisms” for an inter-agency response…

Joe diGenova, a former U.S. attorney, and wife Victoria Toensing, a former chief counsel to the Senate Intelligence Committee — Republicans — disclosed this week that in their private practice in the nation’s capital, they now represent pro bono two career State Department employees who regard themselves as “whistle-blowers” and would be testifying before Issa’s committee at its next Benghazi hearing, on May 8.

In other words, Mr. diGenova and Ms. Toensing represent Hicks, the deputy chief of mission and Thompson, the deputy coordinator for Operations for the State Department’s Counterterrorism Bureau. And that also means those are the two men who felt ‘threatened’ by the Obama administration, and the two were kept from talking to the (laughably named) Accountability Review Board.

Which, given their positions, is pretty damned shocking, if you ask us.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, May 6th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “Benghazi ‘Whistle-Blowers’ Names Are Revealed”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    Wave goodbye to daddy, kids

    His life will suck from this dat forward no matter which Party is in control

  2. Astravogel says:

    I recommend these folks follow Saddam’s example and sleep in a different place every night for a while.

  3. canary says:

    Jay Carney jokes about Obama playing golf on ranges and common ground in the midst of Benghazi 9/11 Terrorist attack

    The Washington Times: Obama golfs with two GOP senators

    By Susan Crabtree – May 6, 2013

    “The president looks forward to discussing a range of topics,” Mr. Carney said. “This is in keeping with his engagement with lawmakers in both parties — in particular Republican senators — to see if he can find some common ground.”


  4. canary says:

    State Department threatening to destroy evidence before Benghazi hearings.


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