Benghazi whistleblower and former deputy chief of mission in Libya Gregory Hicks first became a household name back in May when he was named as one of those that would be testifying before Congress regarding the attacks in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012 that left four Americans dead including United States Ambassador Christopher Stevens. Hicks has now come out and said that he has been “punished” for speaking out about the truth of what he knows concerning Benghazi.
Hicks appeared on ABC News to share his story, and was visibly frustrated by the lack of accountability over the Benghazi attacks.
If you recall, during his testimony before Congress, Hicks was clearly emotional recalling the events that took four American lives, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, whom he was close to. Hicks had called Susan Rice a liar for knowingly pushing the claim that Benghazi was actually the result of a protest over a video. In fact, Hicks had testified that that video was a “non event.”
During his interview with George Stephanopoulos, Hicks asserted that former State Secretary Hillary Clinton had assigned Stevens to man the diplomatic post in Benghazi that was knowingly under-protected, despite knowing the documented security risks.
Hicks believes he is being punished. Though he still remains on staff at the State Department, he has not been reassigned to a post since being called back from Libya.
“I don’t know why I was punished,” Hicks said. “I don’t know why I was shunted aside, put in a closet if you will.”
While Hicks may not know specific details of why he was punished, it is clearly due to the fact that he was speaking out and questioning the official story of the White House.
In a statement to This Week, the State Department said Hicks was not removed from Libya as a result of the statements he has made about the Benghazi attacks and it is working on reassigning him.
He isn’t flinching from persecution though and says he will continue to talk about the attacks because “the American people need to have the story.” He believes the four Americans who died that night “should be remembered.”
Hicks also believes that Navy SEALs Ty Woods and Glen Doherty, who died eight hours after the attacks began could have been saved if the White House would have acted.
Hicks’ appearance comes just ahead of Susan Rice’s appearance before Congress to lay out the argument for going to war with Syria and the United States Senate vote on whether or not to aid al-Qaeda in Syria, both occurring on Wednesday, September 11, 2013, the anniversary of the attack in Benghazi and the World Trade Center.
Tim Brown is the Editor of Freedom Outpost and a regular contributor to The D.C. Clothesline.