CBS News' Attkisson Describes Stonewalling From White House on Benghazi
"Where there's smoke, there's fire." That's the message CBS News reporter Sharyl Attkisson says she gets from the constant evasion, stonewalling and flat-out non-response from the Obama Administration and Sttate Department when she pursues questions about the September 11th attacks on the US consulate in Benghazi.
Attkisson was on "Mornings on the Mall" on WMAL-FM, Washington DC this Thursday morning with me and co-host Brian Wilson.
I asked her what kind of information she gets when the White House refers her questions to the State Department or to the CIA or other agencies then refer her back to the White House in an apparent runaround orchestrated by the Obama White House:
Attkisson: "I get virtually nothing. In fact the White House told me several months ago when I was pursuing a host of unanswered questions that there would be no more answers for me on Benghazi. They flat out said, because I was making regular calls and giving them lists of questions that were outstanding and they just said that was it."
O'Connor: "Lose my number, Sharyl?"
Attkisson: "Yeah. And they'd also say things like 'all those questions have been answered, read the material' and I would say 'well no they haven't, I've looked at the material and these questions haven't been answered,' but they would just keep insisting that they had been."
What questions are Attkisson talking about? She gave us just a few of them:
- "Conflicting reports as to why there was no rescue attempt"
- "Why the guys were left there"
- "Why there was no (according to the administration) no military resources close by on 9/11 in a very very hot spot of the globe in North Africa"
- "And also, still unanswered questions about the spin afterwards, how it came to be that officials said there were probably not terrorists involved when, in fact, they knew all along that there probably were."
Attkisson also revealed that to date none of her Freedom of Information Act requests on the Benghazi story have been responded to and the Administration has yet to release the surveillance video of the attack that they promised last november to release.
Listen to the entire interview here: