On Tuesday, the United States officials announced U.S. forces had apprehended Ahmed Abu Khattala – the man believed to have masterminded the September 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya – in a secret weekend operation. Khattala, who a leader of the Ansar al-Sharia terror group, will “now face the full weight of the American justice system,” according to President Obama.
As TheBlaze’s investigative news magazine For The Record reported earlier this year, Khattala had spoken out in media interviews with CNN and the New York Times about having been in the area the night of the attacks that claimed the lives of U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. He denied, however, any direct involvement.
Considering news organizations were able to contact Khattala fairly easily, it is unclear why it took the Obama Administration so long to capture the suspect.
A U.S. criminal complaint filed against Khattala last year accuses him of ”killing a person in the course of an attack on a federal facility involving the use of a firearm and dangerous weapon and attempting and conspiring to do the same” and of “providing, attempting and conspiring to provide material support to terrorists resulting in death.”
On Tuesday, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki faced a series of questions from reporters about the mission that led to Khattala’s apprehension. Fox News’ James Rosen got into a particularly heated exchange with the Psaki after she sidestepped his question about why it took so long for the Obama Administration to act.
Watch Rosen’s questioning courtesy of the Washington Free Beacon:
“Listen to this,” Glenn said exasperatedly on radio this morning. “My eyes are bleeding from this… For the love of Pete. You're telling me that New York Times could find what the United States government can't? That’s what she's saying… It's nuts what's going on now. You tell me if this is America anymore.”