Mother of US official killed in Libya speaks out
Search for answers about embassy attack continues
- Duration 13:10
- Date Oct 14, 2012
Search for answers about embassy attack continues
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Sean Smith one of four Americans killed in Ben -- was a fourth service information management officer and the State Department official.
His mother is infuriated with information that she is receiving from the White House pat Smith joins us now good evening packed.
Well let me just start by saying there is no greater loss to anyone then they loss of the child to a parent mother.
Especially for you your only child.
You raced him as a single mother so.
At most words but our condolences to you.
Thank you -- right pat tell me about is some strong.
But definitely -- stared it down.
They kill them.
He was working over their own doing I don't know where he was doing he never told me what he was doing.
But all I was trying to find out is.
What happened with him.
And how did you how did you find out pat that your son had been killed in Ben Ghazi.
At 1230 -- and -- edit edit telephone calls saying.
You thought you did.
Was there any more information that you received at that time.
At that time no.
They did -- cover the basics you know your son is dead and he was killed in this attack and and we'll find out more as we go along.
And what what was the last time -- that you saw your -- June.
June of this year -- Yes so I went to visit them in.
In the in all of this right in The Hague pardon me but I -- forget every now and then have my brain is a little bit rusty -- ready -- But it was in the hey Galen they're visiting again and we had a week together.
I went -- -- but this outfit to celebrate.
And that's why I'm wearing it today.
And that fit.
Beside him and make kids doing.
And that his wife.
He had a wife and and two children I understand how old are your grandchildren.
Seven and six and I've been told not to mention.
There -- more talk about the and so all right and and I understand that their mother wants to keep their lives since its normal as possible.
Pat you know what the things we just showed a picture -- on the on the screen and every -- I've seen of him he seems like a happy person.
I know that he was someone.
Who smiled a lot and he seemed to love his life he was in the air force.
He was in the state department for ten years I mean did tell us about him.
-- Heidi caddie explained Sharon.
I've been told.
That we look a lot alike.
And they react to a lot alike and I smile all the time and he did also.
-- -- -- Era brought him not to be.
Cash can talk.
I brought him up to be independent and to do it in the case of life and to try everything -- we -- with the world is all about is that what he was doing.
He did the best he could with what but -- was available over there.
What pat let me let me ask you now about the fact -- -- believed that you've gotten straight answers from.
The -- that the administration you -- the president the secretary of state and Susan Rice and and Leon Panetta.
When your son's remains were brought back to Dover it tell us about that.
All of their word there was Joseph -- -- flow we went to -- the year wouldn't they brought in on the airplane over there.
They put the coffins.
And their little Beers.
But I didn't get to see him and that bothered me a -- did you ask to see him -- Yes I did but I understand I asked to -- that he was already.
On the airplane.
And the airplane I was I could look out and see the airplane -- so.
It was still there but pat did the president speak to you personally about what happened to your son.
Yes what -- -- says wait we will check it out and let you know.
And that's what Hillary said in -- and Joseph Biden and and Susan Rice and they also the same thing.
And after that I heard nothing until -- finally talked to the people in the media.
And absolutely nothing.
What what did what did Leon -- what does the president say to you specifically -- and Hillary Clinton and Leon Panetta what do they say they say was about a film.
Susan Rice is when they told me because specifically that it was a film and that it was not any terrorist attack.
That it was not and terrorist attack.
Exactly he said that -- days afterwards to win that I thought aren't TV.
They told me was in fact but three -- four days later they were all all of those big shots over there were we're saying that it was not a terrorist attack.
Did you -- -- yeah it did didn't.
It didn't it didn't -- right for me because I -- everything that I heard.
So and I can't tell you specifics -- just that everything just did not add up right.
Did did they tell you what the cause of death was -- they tell you how he was killed.
-- Actually yes they told me yesterday.
Yesterday was -- more than a month after your son's death and US family -- you know for that didn't you.
Yes that's correct.
I asked I asked every one of them and -- and that -- good like I mentioned before Leon Panetta took took his hand.
But by -- and -- trust me.
I will tell you the truth I will get the right information to you just trust me.
And when I heard that I knew I couldn't trust him and I don't trust any of them anymore they lied.
When you say they lied they lied about -- that the film and and what else.
Everything they told me was -- let you know later because we really don't know too much right now.
Which is understandable.
But they never got back to me stated they'd once I walked out the -- -- they walked out the door they didn't care.
And that's the feeling I get there may not be true.
But that's the feeling I got because they did not talk to me after that.
And when you say that that you spoke to the president how did how did he appear to you I mean wouldn't that when you listen to him what were your reactions.
I like -- a lot.
My -- loved that man.
And -- I believe digging into I liked him an awful lot.
But then as Blake I didn't mention before I was crying on his shoulder are current on all of their children from a -- again -- they cried on their shoulders and then he'd he hugged me and and then looked away and -- that was it.
He looked the way it looked away yes.
When you -- what he was doing.
It when you say that -- the White House finally contacted -- a month later after you were contacted the media.
Did they give you any more answers about how your son Sean died.
Yes they did they -- yesterday indeed the two people from the FBI and one from the attorney office.
Would -- opportunity US attorney's office.
Called me on the phone there were all on the same line and they started to say well okay what is it that you -- -- know we'll tell you anything you want -- know now.
But in half of what they've set I didn't believe anyway because it was they were they were still saying that it was.
Not a terrorist thing what.
-- all but when you hear pat like that congressional hearings this week.
Which when you hear information -- that the am missing didn't meet the standards required of embassies in zones like this.
That they had asked for more security.
And you think about that fact that your son died.
Doesn't make you feel.
You did just picture being -- in front of you and then dropped into it.
Then that's pretty much it that it.
What can -- it when your only child dies and you can't you can't twisting information from them.
I tried everything I tried talking to them asking them please tell me.
And they said we will get back to you hurt and we will send you.
Tape of they're rival with Erin Andrews I guess -- was.
I guess I'm still waiting for that -- Why -- you TV.
Pat why do you think.
Your son was murdered.
What do you attribute it to.
-- -- I don't know what he Y eight.
Way they did that to him the only thing I could do is is fair.
Just take a good guests and my guess is that he knew too much over there.
And you have the information officer and I -- have a feeling of -- I don't have any proof of anything I have a feeling that.
He died there because he was trying to destroy certain information.
Really classified information but that's like if that is the only feeling it only because -- he supposedly with the first one killed.
And he was that with the others why did he stay back.
How come he's -- how come he was the first one killed.
And then when they found him I guess they they took his body into a deep deep someplace and they took up and and that.
But everybody didn't go at the same time I don't know why they didn't go at the same time -- -- -- feed the ambassador was they came back to pick up bid and -- -- they came back to big shot up.
They came back for all these things.
Why were they all got together and were there other people in the embassy over there that.
Got away from it when I found out yesterday I think it was that yes there were other people that were taken out of there.
What I don't know who are they are you.
You know that -- -- is that something very interesting and you've heard about the golden hour where they're supposed to.
Destroy classified information and yet you've heard testimony they only -- fifteen minutes to do that given your son was information management security person.
And a computer person do you think that he he hung back to do that.
To destroy I think I think so.
But I don't know of course.
I don't even know he was there I didn't even know really when they got the so I don't know.
Finally they had candidate finally -- -- what what do you think.
Or what would you tell the president now if you had an opportunity to talk to him again as you did.
Almost a month ago.
-- there would be very easy.
Very easy and it does look them in the eye and -- tell me what happened how did my son die why did he -- why especially.
Why weren't there any security people at this point in time I'm still.
Under the assumption that there were.
They -- -- five security people there where are they were who were they.
And why didn't they do something -- what happened just some of those security people got killed and some did not.
Why it's interesting -- you mentioned five we keep hearing for who who used a number five.
And five got away.
But the far the one that got killed.
Then suddenly somebody was telling me yesterday I believe it was that they were five security people there I don't know what security people there -- okay.
And in the newspaper it was telling me that.
The that is the same thing and -- Biden was saying in his little speech.
-- -- What you know what we thing pat pat we're gonna we're gonna have to.
We're gonna have to.
Wrap this up now I just want to say that we very much we appreciate your coming on.
We very much appreciate your sharing.
Your thoughts with us and again our our thoughts and prayers are with you on the death of -- son who was a hero -- -- -- -- Calgary helped me find out what happened to him gonna try I want and I want to know it happened -- Did they can't read his body to the -- I don't know thank you pat pat Smith thanks so much.