ACCOUNTS DIFFER TO FBI AND CBS ON BENGHAZI
c.2013 New York Times News Service
Dylan Davies, a security officer hired to help protect the U.S. Special Mission in Benghazi, Libya, told the FBI he did not go there the night terrorists attacked it on Sept. 11, 2012, an account that contradicts a version of events he gave in a recently published book and in an interview to the CBS News program “60 Minutes.”
The information he provided in an FBI interview was described Thursday by two senior government officials as completely consistent with an incident report by the Blue Mountain security business, which had been hired to protect U.S. interests in Benghazi. The officials who spoke said they had been briefed on the government investigation.
Davies, who worked for Blue Mountain, has disavowed the incident report, saying in an interview last week with the online magazine The Daily Beast that he did not write it and had never even seen it, and was not responsible for the account of events it contained.
The incident report described Davies as remaining at the villa he occupied in Libya and not getting to the scene on the night of the attack. In the version he wrote in his book and gave to “60 Minutes,” Davies said he left the villa that night to visit a hospital, where he said he saw the body of the deceased ambassador, J. Christopher Stevens, and twice rushed to the scene of the attack.
Jeff Fager, the chairman of CBS News and executive producer of “60 Minutes,” said Thursday, “We’re surprised to hear about this, and if it shows we’ve been misled, we will make a correction.”
CBS News had defended Davies this week, suggesting — as Davies did in the Daily Beast interview — that he was the object of a campaign by State Department officials to quiet continued questioning about the events in Benghazi. CBS also vouched for the authenticity of Davies’ account on “60 Minutes.”
But CBS had all along acknowledged that Davies had also been interviewed by the FBI. The network had suggested that the agency’s interview would corroborate Davies’ account on “60 Minutes.” Instead, the disclosure that the FBI interview matched the incident report leaves CBS facing more questions about the primary source for what it called a yearlong investigation of the Benghazi incident.