News

Benghazi suspect reportedly talking to interrogators

Benghazi suspect reportedly talking to interrogators

TALKING:A U.S. Federal Marshal secures the streets outside the U.S. federal court in Washington June 28. Photo: Reuters/Jonathan Ernst

By Mark Hosenball

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Libyan militant accused of involvement in the 2012 attacks on U.S. government installations in Benghazi, Libya, has been talking to U.S. interrogators, U.S. officials familiar with the matter said.

Ahmed Abu Khatallah, captured in Libya on June 15 by a U.S. military and FBI team, has been interrogated both before and after he was advised of his right under U.S. law to remain silent, they said.

Abu Khatallah was transferred over the weekend to a federal prison in Alexandria, Virginia, from the U.S. Navy ship where he had been held since his capture, the officials said.

While aboard the USS New York, Abu Khatallah was interrogated first by a team of elite counterterrorism experts, known as the High Value Detainee Interrogation Group (HIG), without being read his “Miranda Rights”, a procedure in U.S. criminal cases under which a suspect is advised that he has the right to remain silent and to consult a lawyer.

He was later advised of his rights, the officials said. On Saturday, he was brought into federal court in Washington, where he pleaded not guilty to a terrorism conspiracy charge related to the Benghazi attack. [ID:nL2N0P909Q]

One of the officials familiar with the case said U.S. authorities believed Abu Khatallah led the attack. Another official said he was “not the only ringleader.”

Evidence linking Abu Khatallah to the attack includes video images, two officials said.

Abu Khatallah, in media interviews before his arrest, denied involvement in the Benghazi attacks.

The United States has not arrested any other suspects in the attack on a U.S. consular compound and CIA base in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012. Four Americans, including Christopher Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to Libya, were killed in the attack.

A spokesman for the U.S. Marshals Service declined to discuss where Abu Khatallah was being held, saying it was the agency’s policy not to discuss the locations of high-profile prisoners.

However, other sources said that he was being held in Alexandria in the same prison where Zacharias Moussaoui, a French citizen linked to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on New York and Washington, was held during proceedings against him at a nearby federal courthouse.

(Reporting By Mark Hosenball; Editing by Caren Bohan and Mohammad Zargham)

Recent Headlines

in National

Visitors to NYC’s World Trade Center can ‘see forever’

worldtradeobservatory

The center's new observatory opens Friday, offering spectacular views stretching 50 miles past the Manhattan skyline to the Atlantic Ocean.

in Sports

Hall of Famers join celebs for All-Star softball game

snoopdogg

Hollywood stars will be at bat for the MLB All-Star Legends and Celebrity softball Game.

in Sports

NBA: Top players, plays of the season

20-overlay6

A look at some of the most memorable moments of the regular season.

in National

Egg prices jump as impact of bird flu begins pinching supply

eggs

The price of eggs has risen by as much as 58 percent, as farmers battle a bird flu that has killed millions of hens.

in Election 2016, National

Republicans looking for a few good ‘losers’ in 2016

republicancandidates

As the next presidential election cycle begins the goal isn't necessarily to win every race, but to improve the performance of the Republican ticket overall.