It's been four months since the deadly 9/11 terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi that left four Americans dead, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens. We still haven't heard testimony from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton over the incident and we don't know when we will. We saw a few State Department resignations, but those people are still getting paid. The guy who made the irrelevant anti-Islam film? He's still in jail. As for the killers who carried out the atrocity? They're still on the loose. More from Eli Lake:
Ever since an armed mob torched a U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, on the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, President Obama has vowed to bring the killers of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans to justice. Yet four months after the assault, U.S. counterterrorism and intelligence officials tell The Daily Beast that the hunt for those responsible remains stymied by poor cooperation by North African governments.
On Tuesday, the Tunisian government released Ali Ani al-Harzi, a leading suspect in the attack who was taken into custody after fleeing Libya for Turkey and then sent to Tunisia. Officials say Harzi was released over Washington’s objections, as Tunis cited a “lack of evidence.” While the FBI eventually got access to Harzi, efforts to press him on what he knew were often blocked by bureaucratic objections by the Tunisian government and its court system. In December, Ansar al-Sharia, a Benghazi militia the U.S. intelligence community believes participated in the attack, posted photos of people they claimed to be FBI agents who interviewed Harzi, according to the counterterrorism website Long War Journal.
While some U.S. officials feared that Harzi’s release was coming, Tunisian officials did not inform the U.S. government ahead of time.
Meanwhile, in Libya, the landscape is becoming increasingly lawless. In Benghazi this week, Ahmed Abu Khattala, a militia leader who claimed in an interview with Reuters that he was at the U.S. mission on the night of the consulate attack, survived an assassination attempt after a bomb was placed under his car. The device exploded prematurely and instead killed one of Khattala’s assailants. Additionally, the Benghazi police officer investigating the murder of the chief of Benghazi police in November went missing last week.
No justice for those dead, nobody taking responsibility and no accountability for the killers.
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