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New details that are revealing a little bit more about the tick tock of the events during the -- Ghazi terror attack.
According to this new report US officials instructed it -- -- hospital to -- US ambassador Chris Stevens as a John go.
After being murdered that night there's some discrepancy -- discussion about exactly when Chris Stevens died during these evening hours.
That remains to be.
Figured out Mike Baker joins me now former CIA Covert operations officer and president of diligence LLC a global intelligence and security firm -- good to have you here.
You know it is important to figure out exactly what happened during the course of this evening.
To know what happened and also -- to prevent it from.
Happening in the future if at all possible what do you make of the fact that you know over over the course of those hours according to this recent report.
They knew that Sean Smith had died they say of smoke inhalation around 11 o'clock.
That night at the consulate.
That they say they couldn't find the body of ambassador Stephen so there were a few hours.
Over the course of that night when they didn't know where ambassador Stephens was -- then found his body according to this new report around 1:15 in the morning roughly.
6 o'clock something like that eastern time back here in Washington DC in New York.
Then they labeled his body as a John doe at the hospital there wouldn't -- -- all that -- Well I mean obviously there was a -- confusion because during the course of this of course there if there were fending off the -- felt it was a coordinated attack.
That was being carried out all this time so.
The fact that there was confusion.
Smoke -- consulate you they had retrieved the body of Shawn Smith they didn't know what the ambassador was.
All of that yeah that's fine but added that the problem here is that we're we're getting -- cookie sales over eight months.
After the attack.
And the administration continues to.
Just not stand up and say look this is what took place these -- the details we have this is -- the decision making process we went through that.
That night now they're saying OK -- they they they finally got a call on the ambassador's cellphone it was a preprogrammed number.
And they they got a call in Tripoli at the embassy there saying you know we have body here -- I I think you need to come retrieve it.
Well they were concerned that that might be a set -- might be some type of of -- okay well this confusion and clearly they have to be concerned.
Because they knew that hospital facility you know was under partial control of -- style elements.
So all of that you know the fact that they -- John Ellis and -- well of course they didn't want to bring you know until like the fact that this was the ambassador they wanted to get the body removed.
From the hospice also find use an alias.
Again the problem -- these little parts here the problem is the dereliction of duty at the very beginning of this entire sad story.
The fact that we still don't understand why didn't the president stand up and -- we're going to try I don't know the life could have been saved that -- -- -- couldn't.
I think that you try -- you read and I think that goes back to this issue of where where the president was and I know the White House doesn't want to.
They want people to get off of this topic you know -- you look back at September 11.
The first of the original September 11 as an example the press wanted to know the details of every single moment of President Bush's activities that day right.
How long -- that led to the children exactly where he was in the skies over the united history -- During those events and it's it is just an interesting.
Parallel because I'm struck by the fact you have ambassador.
Alive or dead there's there's some question about that during the course of those hours where he died initially the smoke inhalation and was then back to the hospital or whether he died.
During that process.
It's so sad when you as you point out that they they found a cell phone on his body and they they hit that the speed dial number.
We have ambassador Chris Stevens here -- this phone is ringing back to the guys he can you help us you tell us.
What we should do with this body to during the course of that we haven't lost an ambassador in this way in over thirty years.
In the United States.
What is going on back at the White House is a very valid question is it not.
Well it is -- that's what it's the core of this and the problem is -- I think the reason why.
You know the White House has been.
Yeah you're hoping that this story goes away they've been confiscating all this time and that they're happy I think to have the email discussions and and these little bits and pieces here because it all takes away from the only point here.
That's important and and if we simplify this so much are we the only way this actually becomes.
An issue I think from the White House perspective is if the public.
Really gets behind it if the polls show that this is an issue -- concern I think that the you only part of this that matters again is that dereliction of duty -- commander in chief has an obligation to protect American lives overseas.
They didn't make the call they couldn't probably have saved those lives but they would have -- it as that's up in the air and that would have removed this story we wouldn't be talking about they got the if they had simply done their job and try background leave it there thank you very much Mike Baker for so.
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