9 January 2013

Libya: U.S. State Department Daily Press Briefing: Libya


Excerpt from the United States Department of State daily press briefing:

QUESTION: Can I ask you about Benghazi - excuse me - the Secretary's testimony? There was a date floated out yesterday by Senator Corker. I think it was January 22nd, if I'm correct. Has that been confirmed?

MS. NULAND: It is not yet. We are continuing to work with both the House and the Senate. As I said, we can't do it before that week, obviously, because they are out of session. But we have to - we have not yet closed with the committees on the precise date.

QUESTION: But you could do the House the week earlier? Do you anticipate it would be the same day?

MS. NULAND: Yeah, I mean --

QUESTION: Like how it usually is?

MS. NULAND: Yeah, that she would go up once, she would do the House and the Senate is usually the way we do it. Yeah.

QUESTION: Just quick - Levinson, yesterday I called - or we called the FBI. And they of course had nothing whatsoever to say when you referred us to them regarding the Tunisian - the release of the Tunisian man held in connection with the Benghazi attack. Does the U.S. State Department truly have no opinion as to whether - or does the State Department have no opinion as to whether the photos were bona fide?

MS. NULAND: We are not in a position here to evaluate them. That would be something that the FBI would be in a better position than we to do. And if they don't care to comment, then that just speaks to their view that it wouldn't be helpful to the case.

QUESTION: But they have not evaluated and at least privately given you an evaluation as to whether they regard it as bona fide - them as bona fide? Presumably that would help you as you're trying to find him, right?

MS. NULAND: I have no information one way or the other. I'm going to send you to the FBI.

QUESTION: Also on Iran and imprisoned Americans, I believe today is the year anniversary of Mr. Hekmati, your --

MS. NULAND: Tomorrow.

QUESTION: Oh, tomorrow is --

MS. NULAND: Tomorrow. We'll have more to say tomorrow. The 500 days tomorrow.


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