In a special report presented by Fox News anchor Bret Baier, three former CIA operatives will share their recollections of the terrorist attack on a U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, nearly two years ago.
The violent breech that left four Americans dead is still fresh in the minds of those who responded to the scene despite reportedly receiving orders from their superiors to stand down.
“We’re hearing from the guys on the ground for the first time,” Baier told colleague Bill O’Reilly, “nearly two years later, and it was amazingly compelling.”
The authors of an upcoming book, “13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi,” joined Baier for an interview that will air this weekend on the Fox News Channel.
“They were ready to go,” he said of the trio, “to respond to the calls for help from the diplomatic facility they were at, the CIA annex. They were ready to go and almost 30 minutes later they finally broke ranks and went on their own.”
Though the annex was located only about a mile from the consulate, the operatives reported that they were told to stay away from the distressed Americans being targeted.
O’Reilly insisted that the story made little sense, prompting Baier to explain that the local CIA head wanted the security response to be handled by a local militia.
“That’s what they wanted,” he said, “because, why? Did they want the CIA operation to remain private, quiet, without anybody else coming in? Perhaps.”
In the end, however, the host acknowledged that he is only presenting the narrative as recalled by those who were there.
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His one-hour special report will air Friday at 10 p.m., Saturday at 5 and 9 p.m. EST, and Sunday at 8 and 11 p.m., Eastern.
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