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    U.S. Granted Access to Tunisian Suspected of Involvement in Benghazi Attacks

    By Paul Rosenfeld | Nov 3 2012 Share on Linkedin Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google Share on pinterest Print

    Tags: Ali Ani al-Harzi ,Benghazi ,Lindsey Graham ,saxby chambliss ,suspect ,

    U.S. President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton present at the transfer of remains of the American victims in the U.S. Consulate attacks in Benghazi

    In a joint statement issued Friday, U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) said, “The Tunisian government has granted in-person access to Ali Ani al-Harzi, a suspect in the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi.”

    Friday’s press release follows earlier warnings, made by Graham and Chambliss, that if not granted access to the suspect, the U.S. could reconsider aid to Tunisia.

    They continued by assuring that “the interviews will be under Tunisian supervision and consistent with their sovereignty” while simultaneously ensuring that these arrangements “meet the needs of our investigative team.”

    The senators lamented the “unfortunate” amount of time it took to gain access, but welcomed the development as proof that “this tight collaboration between our countries shows the growing strength of our partnership.”

    Graham and Chambliss concluded by saying, “Tunisia is where the Arab Spring began and these latest events reaffirm the growing alliance between our two countries.”

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    1. Juan Estrella /

      Why did it take two Republican senators to obtain access to this man for the FBI. Obviosly the Obama Administration did not want to talk to him til after the election. Or better yet-never.

      • Bigdada24 /

        Juan, it is clear you are one of the enemies of the progress President Obama has brought to the USA. Senator Graham and his republican cronies are just politicizing this issue and the Americans can definitely see through the smokescreen. Continue to fool around my friend. By God’s grace, President Barack Hussein Obama would be re-elected on Tuesday, November 06, 2012 and your heads would explode.

    2. zourri9a /

      this is a non issue for Tunisians…it has been politicized and overblown by the Romney campaign. There was no issue for the Tunisians to provide the FBI with access to this guy in accordance with Tunisian law and sovereignty (assuming the FBI won’t water-board this guy :) ). I don’t understand this obnoxious Lindsey (I am not gay) Graham…It is clear that he wants to score some political points for Romney.

    3. D /

      GIVE ME A BREAK! Half of you people have no clue what the real story is. You are taking seconhand data from a third-hand source! Think about it…WHAT IS NEEDED is not anyone going and doing long, tedious investigations to find any wrongdoings of the Reps or Dems…It needs to be a no-questions-asked “Munich” (film) type situation. Small Tier 1 elements being sent on their own, no ROEs, just a good SIGINT element supporting (TF Orange/”Activity”/ISA?) and about fifty door-kickers. End of story

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