Report details on-duty guards' story of Libya attack
Blow by blow account of assault on embassy
- Duration 4:57
- Date Oct 22, 2012
Blow by blow account of assault on embassy
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By -- is talking about would build a deadly terror attack and being Ghazi topping the headlines since it happened nearly six weeks ago.
And during that time we've heard many different versions of exactly what happened.
But now that eight guards in charge of security.
At the US consulate the -- of the deadly siege.
Are sharing their story giving a blow by blow account.
-- what went down from the explosions that started it off to the group of terrorists who suddenly overran the compound and set off a long.
When it was all over and the guards finally evacuated the compound.
Looters moved in and -- where the winds according to this new report -- found ambassador Stevens still breathing.
Well gripping to life -- unconscious at that time joining us now the author of this report Stephen.
I saw -- he's in Maine got the hit a writer for time magazine where this is powerless she's on a sat stone so it's -- mention that your -- -- because sometimes the connection can be a little.
A little -- what stands out most to you.
From the conversation that you had with the guards in the grounds.
Well -- well thank you for having me I'd be with you.
-- -- there was no protest outside the US and the painting beyond September 11.
Not spoken with many believing -- all the Libyan guards who aren't treated like -- -- all related similar story to me.
And it requires they -- we -- chose the study is great and the gunfire and explosions begin within a minute or two.
Guards were completely overwhelmed and continued -- -- tonight in the attackers killed over your main -- They're making Indy let everyone else -- -- the -- and then attackers came in your career to anyone who didn't compound at this time we've known this was orchestrated attack against.
Who truly are truly makes going to be administration -- claim that they were -- we are so long.
-- have any of the guards being contacted by a a US officials by our government.
My understanding is that some of them don't -- haven't if you go look -- But I want to speak.
American officials before they came here but they're still quite if you -- who have not been interviewed.
And what have they said about.
Those that were behind this attack who are a day where they now -- what's the description from the guards.
Well nobody really knows where there at the moment there's really that during the Daryn.
-- little -- -- -- there's two which is the very -- area.
But the nobody really knows there is -- Better foreigners.
On some of the guards clean that they saw.
People -- guard that they look like they weren't from the area people don't anger and he just don't Wear this kind of clothing.
So but -- couldn't help -- the dialect whether they -- in this city you're not there were speaking with two it's very difficult to think actually the continuity or from the field thinks -- -- -- attackers were from.
-- When and that interesting -- this account that you bring us and there are so many different -- tidbits that are in human interest intact Steven is is.
The difficulty that the Marines that were coming in to try to help.
Protect the consulate and the compounds had trying to get to that area -- tell us a little bit about why.
Well that cut the -- had been completely overrun everyone was overwhelmed both sides.
None outside the -- were actually put pubic aren't there is Libyan militia that responded quickly.
So when they -- the interest of the compound they were given back because did the people outside were TrueCrypt -- an -- shooting at them.
So I don't bend did it's -- kind of heard being it people -- -- an -- quick reaction force because there.
But the -- -- which biting -- whatever it's going in there were they were there were too many attackers.
So they've remained with the -- until.
Until the -- We'll go fighting subsided about ninety minutes -- to -- attack.
Just quick final question here there's been you know obviously a lot of conversation about what happened in Libya and our actions afterwards as a country.
What do you think's the consequence.
-- very little US presence on the ground right now and no retribution at this point.
Oh really it's it's a difficult situation because the Libyans are very grateful.
The Americans for what they did last year during the revolution.
So people they want to help America they love America.
That they don't want an American presence on the ground.
If you start -- strikes.
-- everyone sort -- they don't mind the drone Peter everybody but as soon as one person -- killed it will start to turn against the American.
So it's very important but it is any sort of offensive action.
It need to be done very probability because intelligent and they really can't mess it up because right now it is really as it looks favorable though.
It is the most terrible for the Americans right now and it's really important that it is that they do but it can be a very strong -- Future that's really important -- -- and even traveling all over -- the police are throughout the Arab springs is interesting to hear you say that -- and I hope this isn't the last time that we have you on the program.
But that's -- back and we encourage our viewers to check out your piece in time magazine today.
I thank you so much for the time.