On the night of the September 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya, four Americans died, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens. But what really happened that night? There is much speculation about whether or not the attack was planned terrorism or spillover from violent protests over an anti-Muslim hate film. On Wednesday, two whistle-blowers are set to testify in front of the House Oversight and Government Reforms Committee to shed some light on the truth behind the deadly night’s events, reports The Daily Caller. Gregory Hicks is one of them. Here’s what you need to know.
1. Gregory Hicks is the Deputy Chief of Mission for the U.S. in Libya
Gregory Hicks is and was the deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Libya during the 2012 attack. He has been a Foreign Service diplomat for 22 years and is the highest-ranking U.S. official in Libya.
2. He Thought the Benghazi Attack was Terroristic From the Start
While then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and a key aide attempted to cut the department’s own counterterrorism bureau out of responding to the attack, Hicks stands by his claim that it was a result of terrorism.
“I thought it was a terrorist attack from the get-go. I think everybody in the mission thought it was a terrorist attack from the beginning,” Gregory Hicks said in an excerpt from his testimony.
3. He Was Dumbfounded When a YouTube Video Was Blamed for the Attacks
Following the attack, U.S. Ambassador to the United States appeared on CBS’s Face the Nation and said that the it was a spontaneous reaction to an American-made YouTube video called Innocence of Muslims that portrayed Islam in a negative light. Hicks said he was dumbfounded by this.
“I’ve never been as embarrassed in my life, in my career, as on that day,” Hicks said. “My jaw hit the floor as I watched this.”
After Rice’s appearance he called Acting Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs Beth Jones to ask why Rice had said that. Hicks said Jones told him she didn’t know.
4. He May Have Been the Last to Talk to Ambassador Chris Stevens
According the the Examiner, Hicks may have been the last person to talk to Ambassador Stevens before he was killed.
“Chris’ last report, if you want to say his final report – is, ‘Greg, we are under attack,’” he said.
5. He is Being Represented by Attorney Victoria Toensing
Victoria Toensing is a lawyer and partner with her husband, Joseph DiGenova. DiGenova is representing another whistle-blower who will testify on Wednesday, Mark Thompson.