U.S. Attorney In D.C. Criticized For Slow Handling Of Benghazi Case


Unidentified sources are quoted by the New York Times as criticizing selection of the U.S. Attorney’s office in Washington to handle the case of Ahmed Abu Khattala, a suspect in the killing of the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three others in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012. Khattala made his first court appearance this week after a June arraignment. “This is not how it should have been done,” said one law enforcement official. Said another unidentified official: “It took them nine months to charge this guy — far longer than it should have. Initially, they just didn't know what they were doing.”

U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen defended his office's record of handling such cases. “The national security prosecutors in this office are second to none,” he said. “Our national security section has a long track record of successfully prosecuting some of this country's most high-profile and sensitive national security cases, including 13 convictions in terrorism-related cases since 2010 alone.”

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