The man behind attack in Libya?
What is the latest in investigation?
- Duration 4:54
- Date Oct 3, 2012
What is the latest in investigation?
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Behind the murder of four Americans and they got the including our ambassador to Libya as that question continues to plague this administration in the State Department.
There are reports pointing to a man.
Named Mohammed Jamal Abu -- -- he's a man with known ties.
So who is he where -- and why haven't all the killer's been brought to justice yet.
We had talked with someone who has been agreed to -- time in -- as a situation on the ground there.
-- he is a research fellow at the New America Foundation -- Brock this man.
What -- bush every American know about him.
Well basically Mohamed is.
When he Egyptian radicals are responsible for the 1981 assassination of Egyptian president Alan Rossum got.
Agree to a cease fire 1997.
Mohammed refuse to carry it out.
He's at -- was Jihad one of his associates told me he reminds me a lot of the -- Jordanian radical.
-- moves about -- are -- his extreme radicalism.
But though he's public enemy number one we shouldn't get ahead of ourselves he's not a visionary reckless armed in -- arm but -- -- a diehard jihadist who wants.
To act let's talk a little bit more about this because American officials -- don't even have a picture of him we don't.
This is not a name that we know that we've been talking about over the last several months -- -- several years and this is a new person to kind of get to know if you will American officials have said.
Let's and he's not a threat here domestically.
He's a threat overseas -- potentially.
Do you agree with that -- Americans feel confident in SS and that is not a threat to us in our national security.
The big dilemma with -- -- basically just don't have that much information about him.
But given that will lead -- -- -- he does not have the capabilities to act against the American homeland.
His -- is training camps are in in Libya and he attacked in Libya and that's probably the limit of what he can do at this point in time.
So in Libya and you spent months and months and months there especially during the revolution were being told that the security situation on the ground is so bad the FBI.
-- even get in there and that.
-- leaves many of us to ponder that Iraq because we were just there several weeks ago and no one talked about the security situation so.
How can it be that dangerous and why can't we get in there.
But the problem is -- at a government says -- to -- here's the FBI to investigate.
But that we do know that American journalists are visiting the concert on a daily basis and -- -- sensitive information inside the consulate.
-- if released could compromise Americans on the ground.
American the American government is worried that these jihadist -- people responsible for the attack.
Are still active and operating in the area and if they FBI -- com they could be vulnerable and exposed to more.
And -- what's the cost for no reaction so far what do you think is -- message being sent to the people that have done this.
-- -- -- does not act in risks losing its deterrent factor was which he uses to threaten its enemies.
It also needs to reassure the American public there is doing everything -- secure -- safety.
However if the United States does attack.
It risks creating a backlash from monster Libyan public and are squandering the good well it's accumulated when it helped overthrow Moammar Qaddafi in 2011.
Revolution so there's a double -- -- In this debate right now.
Why do you think that goodwill is important to us because eat it in in the past you know we hadn't talked a lot -- about Libya until the -- overthrow Gadhafi.
So why is the goodwill of the Libyan people crucial in your opinion to the United States.
At this point in time our best allies the admitting publicly cannot really -- Libyan government which is not strong enough to move against he's malicious.
Two weeks ago we start right up front are between 25030000.
People against the militias and against -- -- Austria which is a group that many believe is behind the attacks.
At the end of the night they stormed a distant brigades -- The note they're militias that -- -- to the government could not do this.
The -- public wants answers -- wants to help find these people if the if the United States attacks at this point in time.
It will move these people against United States and -- won't have any help -- some people.
-- you did you think it would be best if you say that we can test the Libyan government.
But we shouldn't necessarily attack so what's the best way to bring these people to justice and maintain.
The importing goodwill of the Libyan people that you point out.
At this point in time what the best option -- the United States has this to work with certain militias in the east Texas February 17 -- -- the issue brigade.
Who have relations with Libyan government and who want to help the United States some of these brigades.
-- were guarding the consulate at the time of the attack.
And they came to rescue the Americans in the consulate there's a strong that's for gays in the east and if we could possibly work with them to apprehend the suspects that would be the best option at this.
Point in time -- as you think perspective for us today brought thank you so much knowledge on the ground there.
Is in -- -- thank you again for your time today.