CNN: 15 Days After Attack, Still No FBI in Benghazi


CNN reported Wednesday night that despite the administration’s determination that the Sept. 11 attack at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi was a terrorist attack, FBI agents still do not have access to investigate the site, which has not yet been secured.

CNN national security analyst Fran Townsend reported the agents had reached Tripoli as of Wednesday night, but a number of problems have hampered their progress:

“They had difficulty, and we understand there was some bureaucratic infighting between the FBI and Justice Department on the one hand, and the State Department on the other, and so it took them longer than they would have liked to get into country. They’ve now gotten there. But they still are unable to get permission to go to Benghazi.”

FBI agents have made a request through the U.S. State Department for the crime scene to be secured, Townsend said, but that has not happened.

“The senior law enforcement official I spoke to said, ‘If we get there now, it’s not clear that it will be of any use to us,'” Townsend said.