Lead Benghazi whistleblower’s story implodes

Dylan Davies claims to have been there the night terrorists attacked the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya.  Davies’ account of that evening, and what he calls massive security failures leading up to the attack, were so damning that Republican Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) put a hold on all Obama administration nominations until he gets to the bottom of Davies’ serious allegations.

Then Davies’ story went poof! — and was no more.

Unfortunately for Senator Graham and Davies, Davies’ story imploded last night in the face of a New York Times blockbuster alleging that Davie’s explosive account of events at the US consulate that he gave CBS’ 60 Minutes, and his book publisher, flat-out contradict the story he told federal agents during an FBI interview.

UPDATE: CBS News has just apologized for airing Davies‘ now-faux version of the events that took place that evening in Benghazi.  60 Minutes’ Lara Logan apologized this morning, saying “we were wrong, we made a mistake” (video and transcript of Logan’s appearance here).


Did Davis lie to 60 Minutes or lie to the FBI about Benghazi?

That means that Davies either misled CBS – and that his new book about Benghazi is a sham – or he misled the FBI.  And for his sake, Davies had better hope he misled CBS and his book publisher, as lying to the FBI will likely land you in jail.

Either way, he appears to have lied to somebody, and Davies’ credibility quickly went down the memory hole last night as CBS yanked its print and video copies of Davies’ “survivor’s tale of Benghazi” off the Internet in the face of the new NYT allegations. CBS also issued a statement saying they were reviewing the entire story in the fact of the new allegations about Davie’s credibility.

And suddenly, across America, Democrats found themselves, for the first time, downright excited to talk about Benghazi.

Davies’ Benghazi incident report contradicts his allegations to 60 Minutes

Davies, who worked for a private security firm hired to protect the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya, had told his company three days after the attack that he was unable to reach the Benghazi diplomatic compound during the attack.

The Washington Post even got a copy of an incident report from the security firm, in Davies’ own name, confirming that he was not at the compound during the attack. The incident report flat-out contradicts what Davies told 60 Minutes last Sunday, and what he claims in his new “memoir, that he scaled the 12 foot wall of the compound in the middle of the attack and clocked a terrorist with the butt of his rifle.  In fact, the incident report shows he strolled in, and met no resistance, after the battle was over.

Davies also claims that he went to the hospital and saw the charred body of our ambassador – in the incident report, it was someone else who told Davies about the charred body, Davies never saw the body because he was never there.

Here are some of the key parts of Davies’ incident report:



Note that Davies just wrote that at 10pm he tried to get to the mission and couldn’t.  He wasn’t able to get there until 930am the next morning:



And here’s the part on finding out about, but not seeing the ambassador’s remains first-hand:


Davies is now claiming that he lied to his bosses at the security firm, because he wasn’t supposed to go to the consulate, and that they must have written up the factually untrue incident report based on his lie.  But the story he told CBS and his book publisher, Davies says, are the true stories.

Two senior government officials tell NYT Davies told FBI he wasn’t there during Benghazi attack

Yeah, except two senior government officials are now telling the NYT that Davies did an interview with the FBI in which he told them he didn’t get to the scene until the next morning, a story consistent with the incident report which Davies now says is a lie, and inconsistent with what he told CBS and wrote in his new book.

So if Davis lied in the incident report, as he’s now claiming, and the incident report echoes what Davies told the FBI, then that would appear to suggest that Davies lied to the FBI too, if the senior government officials are telling the truth.  And you don’t lie to the FBI about a terrorist attack – the biggest terrorist attack in history, if Lindsey Graham is to be believed – and get away with it.

This is the guy Lindsey Graham is shutting down the government for?

So that’s where things stand this morning.  CBS is running around with egg on its face.  Davies’ publisher is trying to figure out what to do with the book.  And I suspect the FBI is planning on having a little chat with Mr. Davies to find out whether he lied to CBS and in his book, or to them.

As for Lindsey Graham, I’m pretty sure he just wet himself.

Follow me on Twitter: @aravosis | @americablog | @americabloggay | Facebook | Instagram | Google+ | LinkedIn. John Aravosis is the Executive Editor of AMERICAblog, which he founded in 2004. He has a joint law degree (JD) and masters in Foreign Service from Georgetown; and has worked in the US Senate, World Bank, Children's Defense Fund, the United Nations Development Programme, and as a stringer for the Economist. He is a frequent TV pundit, having appeared on the O'Reilly Factor, Hardball, World News Tonight, Nightline, AM Joy & Reliable Sources, among others. John lives in Washington, DC. .

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83 Responses to “Lead Benghazi whistleblower’s story implodes”

  1. devans00 says:

    Lara Logan & 60 Minutes get no pass from me. Their product is investigative reporting. If they skip doing their job in a rush to broadcast a hit piece on the President of the United States, I don’t feel sorry for them at all.

    The producers and the on screen talent need to be fired like Dan Rather was a few years ago. Standards and credibility after all.

  2. karmanot says:

    That too!

  3. karmanot says:


  4. The_Fixer says:

    I think at this point, all of the “dozens of witnesses” have been heard from. After all, that phrase comes up in several news stories from July of this year.

    The rest of your comment appears to be a regurgitation of what appears on several right-wing blogs and “news” sites.

    Oh, and “Fast and Furious”. Like this story, the guy making accusations there was also caught lying.

    I wish the right wing would confine themselves to complaining about the stuff that really matters. There’s plenty of that out there, but unfortunately, it makes the Republicans look pretty bad, too. So they quietly ignore it.

  5. discus_sucks_ass says:

    he sees so much similarity to himself…

  6. BillFromDover says:

    I thing they’re gonna need a bigger boat.

  7. olandp says:

    “Substanceless” didn’t stop them from impeaching Bill Clinton, or Andrew Johnson for that matter.

  8. rmthunter says:

    Davies lied to someone — that we know, from the incident report and the CBS report, which do not inhabit the same universe. As for the “two senior government officials,” that’s a normal means of getting information out without releasing any documents or making an official statement. I’d guess the FBI is looking at this one again but doesn’t want to talk about it yet.

    As for Graham and Benghazigate, that’s all about Hillary Clinton and always has been. Putting a hold on Obama’s nominations is just business as usual for this senate. The target is the potential 2016 presidential candidate who can trounce anyone the Republicans can come up with. You can bet this is going to go on at least until the primaries because the Republicans are scared to death of her.

  9. rmthunter says:

    That wouldn’t be hypocritical at all: to become an ex-lesbian you have to find Jesus, and Jesus didn’t approve of divorce.

  10. rmthunter says:

    Well, if we remember that Congress cut the funding for additional embassy and consulate security, I think that answers your question.

  11. pfky says:

    “Davies’ account of that evening, and what he calls massive security failures leading up to the attack, were so damning that Republican Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) put a hold on all Obama administration nominations until he gets to the bottom of Davies’ serious allegations.”

    The problem with that statement is that Graham has not put a hold on all nominations “until he gets to the bottom of Davies’ serious allegations.” He has put a hold on all nominations until Congress is able to investigate what happened in Benghazi through the testimony of the dozens of witnesses who were there and have been kept from testifying. Right now nobody even knows where they are. They have been hidden away and most likely threatened by this administration. I am at a loss as to why you are so gleeful at the possibility that this Davies fellow may be lying when all of those who experienced the attack first-hand haven’t been seen or heard from in over a year. Do you actually believe this man discredits those who haven’t spoken out yet or those who want to know what happened in Benghazi and why?

    “Yeah, except two senior government officials are now telling the NYT that Davies did an interview with the FBI in which he told them he didn’t get to the scene until the next morning, a story consistent with the incident report which Davies now says is a lie…”

    Let’s see the FBI report containing his testimony then because “if the senior government officials are telling the truth” is a really really really big “if”. Our president is a deceitful liar who has shown himself to be quite a spiteful little man as well as jaw-droppingly incompetent. He has been particularly deceitful on the subject of Benghazi. The FBI was not “allowed” anywhere near Benghazi for weeks due to “safety concerns” while American AP reporters very easily found Ambassador Steven’s diary in the charred wreckage just a few days after the attack – the very reporters who were spied upon by the NSA, I might add. Also, a CBS journalist was given a shrieking 3rd degree by “senior government officials” when she was reporting on “Fast and Furious”. I’d keep those “incidents” in mind when bringing Lara Logan’s “apology” into the discussion.

  12. FLL says:

    I think a few buttons on his corset just popped.

  13. BillFromDover says:

    Earth to Lindsey… Earth to Lindsey… Earth to Lindsey…

    This is ground control to major Graham…

  14. Tor says:

    That would be delicious.

  15. Monoceros Forth says:

    Exactly! From what little I know of you, you could easily have weaved a fantastic yarn aimed to please right-wing Jesus freaks, about how you’d been lost in the wildernesses of heathenism and homosexualism [sic] only to find Jesus in the end, whence He replenished your soul.

    I don’t think I could do it myself, not for long. My mate tells me I’m a very bad liar.

  16. Tor says:

    The words “Fox News” and “fact checking” should never appear together in the same sentence.

  17. The_Fixer says:

    Shhh! You might remind them of that option.

    Seriously, I would not be surprised to hear that being floated as a way to “get to the bottom of this mess”, now that their big tale-teller has been found out. After all, they have some kind of reasoning, “What if this guy lied to the FBI?”.

    But that would likely never come to fruition, simply because the cooler heads know that the Republicans have been making shit up and throwing it at the wall in an effort to create FUD. Having an independent prosecutor would show that their claims are substanceless. They want an air of uncertainty surrounding any accusations they may make, it helps to feed the noise machine.

  18. Tor says:

    Maybe Dylan Davies could get a job writing for Rand Paul.

  19. Monoceros Forth says:

    I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again: what’s really grotesque about this whole BENGHAAAZZZIII business is that, if it weren’t for the possibility of embarrassing Pres. Obama, would any of these right-wing stumblebums care at all for the lives of State Department diplomats? We’re dealing with thugs whose idea of foreign policy and diplomatic relations is all about shooting and bombing people.

  20. BeccaM says:

    Dang. And I was gonna be an ex-lesbian (all the while hypocritically remaining married to my beloved wife).

  21. Moderator4 says:

    Tiredofgreed, you are more than welcome to take your eyeballs elsewhere if you do not care for our long-time commenters, or whom John Aravosis happens to like, or the way John runs his blog.

  22. Max_1 says:

    Grahm supports a lying perjurer…

  23. karmanot says:

    Triple fail!

  24. karmanot says:

    Drink some orange juice , you’ll feel better soon.

  25. BeccaM says:

    Yeah, ‘Benghazi’ always was nothing more than the excuse. The obstruction and sedition went on for years before it happened.

    Personally, I’m surprised the House hasn’t been passing ‘Independent Prosecutor’ bills, so they can try to force the appointment of another panty-sniffer like Ken Starr.

  26. karmanot says:

    That works!

  27. Whitewitch says:

    Ahhh the lieing liars and their ongoing lies….who can know what is correct or the truth anymore. I have stopped trying and just assume they all Lie…period.

  28. BeccaM says:

    Let’s see… did he lie to the FBI and government investigators, where such a lie could and likely would result in prosecution and jail time? Or did he lie while writing a book and to a news organization, where such lies not only would never result in prosecution, the sensationalism of his claims of heroic acts and government conspiracies would in fact drive up sales and make him boatloads of money?

    Hmm… what’s it called? Oh yeah: Motive.

    And Occam’s Switchblade: He told the truth when it was in his best interest; he lied when it was in his interest to do so.

    As for the publisher, they’d might as well start pulping those books.

  29. karmanot says:

    drops fan in utter dismay!

  30. karmanot says:

    That was great Nicho,,,thanks

  31. karmanot says:

    “if now they are able to push some other line of chum out there,well it will be a great day for a swim.” My guess it will be jihadi fetus immigrants programed to be terrorists when they become teens.

  32. karmanot says:

    ((( claps))))

  33. The_Fixer says:

    How long before the right wing shifts to another nonsense story to keep up their obstructionism?

    Lindsey Graham has been banking on this to be the big stopper. What is he going to use as an excuse to obstruct next?

    Oh yeah, “Obamacare!”.

  34. karmanot says:

    Good work John. Sripped ole’ Gopher down to his hoop skirt.

  35. The_Fixer says:

    Racists, Idiots and members of Congress are not mutually exclusive groups :)

  36. The_Fixer says:

    Having a bad day, dear?

    Relax and get away from the computer for a while, it’ll be better tomorrow.

  37. Naja pallida says:

    Obviously, ACORN made him do it.

  38. Peter says:

    I like what the Stephanie Miller show calls him, Senator Huckleberry Butch-me-up. The name says it all.

  39. vickif says:

    I like you Mike-keep up the good work.

  40. vickif says:

    Thanks for the laugh.

  41. Monoceros Forth says:

    Telling lies for the right-wing is never profitable.

    Goddammit! Whoring myself out to the right wing was my last-ditch career choice. I figured I could maybe become a “creation scientist” if all other options failed.

  42. Monoceros Forth says:

    Phew! If you’re going to whinge, at least whinge in better style.

  43. Houndentenor says:

    Ouch. At least David Brock got paid for whoring himself out to make up shit about Anita Hill and Hillary Clinton. It’s bad enough to be a whore, but to get stiffed by your john is just pathetic.

  44. Houndentenor says:

    True. At this point, it deserves investigation. I am not a fan of liars, especially about things this important. If people are lying to the Times or if the Times is making things up or pulling a Judy Miller, then that needs to be exposed as well.

  45. ArthurH says:

    Dylan Davies was obviously after the money he could have earned from a tell-all book despite it being a fiction. Now he will be remembered as a second-tier hoaxer. And he might well have been discarded after he usability by the right-wing had ended. Just ask those Arkansas state troopers who claimed they arranged sexual liaisons for Bill Clinton but later recanted after they found the rich Republican lawyer who offered them a rich book deal had no intentions beyond making them appear for free to spin their yarns at right-wing fundraisers. Or that former member of John Kerry’s swift boat crew who allowed himself to be used by right-wing millionaires to besmirch Kerry’s Vietnam War record (with other members of Kerry’s crew backing Kerry and calling him a liar) only to see his book deal never materialize. The millionaires left him in the same financial problems as when the found him and he ended up having is house foreclosed and having to file for bankruptcy. Telling lies for the right-wing is never profitable.

  46. PeteWa says:

    Mike’s been posting here since around 2005, and in that time I can’t remember him fucking with anyone.
    Mike commented on this story (so it’s obviously important to him, contrary to your complaint) an hour before he posted his OT comment.
    You come on here with your brand new account to tell everyone you don’t like Mike and then you whine when the host of the blog says that he does like Mike?
    Massive fail.

  47. cole3244 says:

    will this slow the racist gop down, no this will only speed their hateful agenda up.

  48. Ninong says:

    The “racist bigots and idiots” are not just in their base. Some of them are elected members of Congress.

  49. Rick says:

    This is 60 Minutes on Fox. Lara Logan, you read the guy’s book and go with the story? NYT had no problem getting the incident report – it’s called “fact checking”. Perhaps your better judgement was clouded by the controversy your story would create, putting you in the limelight. Please do the decent thing and resign – Fox news is calling!

  50. tiredofgreed says:

    Taking 5 minutes to read an article and make a quick comment on an important story does not mean we are unaware of the storm in the Philippines. In the future i will only direct my attention to stories important to Mike in the Tundra.

  51. KingCranky says:

    Can almost guarantee that the next time he’s on any pundit’s gab-fest, Graham won’t be asked any questions regarding how badly he burned himself with his blithering Benghazi Brigade codswallop.

  52. KingCranky says:


  53. pappyvet says:

    I respect CBS for apologizing that someone lied to them.

    I think what we have here is an old , old story. Some guy was close to a tragedy but not really there and decided to squeeze some fame and glory out of it. Did I mention money ?

    As for the wingnuts , they will believe anything that pokes at the President. Or I should say THIS President. Shrub and his ice cube V.P. could start two wars , lie to the country , let the economy nose dive , not bother to apologize for anything [because they just don’t do that] and I’ll wager would garner quite a few votes if they could run again.

    I’m reminded of that line from “Jaws.” “You’re going to ignore this particular problem till it comes up and bites you in the ass.” What Davies did is everyday food for the wingnuts.And if now they are able to push someone else in front of the jaws,well it will be a great day for a swim. Start looking for some redirection,it’s coming so keep the Jaws theme at hand.

  54. And that’s why I like people like him.

  55. Agree, I thought the same, but perhaps FBI didn’t want to be leaking documents, details of interviews, etc. So senior govt officials did it instead. He still admits he lied to his bosses or lied to CBS and in his book, so credibility is still shot. But the FBI thing would make it bigger.

  56. discus_sucks_ass says:

    soon he will have ridden a white 10-foot tall unicorn waving his “magic wand” while wiping out every moooslim around then walking on water while killing the pre-dead OBL again

  57. perljammer says:

    You’re probably right. But, still possible that the only people lying here are the “two senior government officials”.

    It used to be that journalists wouldn’t run with a story unless it was corroborated by at least two sources (e.g., the NYT citing TWO senior govt officials). I wonder what led CBS to be so confident that Davies’ story was true?

  58. nicho says:

    This is off-topic. It’s a powerful and funny video about coming out. Someone needs to send it to Miss Lindsey. Maybe he’ll stop his anti-social behavior.


    Well worth watching even if you’re already out.

  59. tiredofgreed says:

    I dislike people like you.

  60. PeteWa says:

    Everyone knows it was Davies’ evil clone Wayne ‘HussInsane’ Davies (whom Obama had created upon Davies’ birth) who filed the report with the security company stating that Dylan was not there that night. Meanwhile, Dylan Davies was performing in the heroic fashion of a real life Captain America, as he normally does, woefully unaware of the machinations of his clone!

  61. Dave of the Jungle says:

    Let’s all pray that Miss Lindsey will feel better, soon.

  62. Houndentenor says:

    Graham wants Devies to testify before the Senate? Okay. Put him under oath, let him take the Fifth and that will be that.

  63. Houndentenor says:

    he lied to someone. If I were him I’d go with CBS. It’s not a crime to lie to a reporter.

  64. perljammer says:

    Interesting that it isn’t the FBI saying he misled them, but “two senior government officials”. At least, so far that’s all we have. I’ve seen a pdf of the original incident report — no signatures, either from Davies or witnesses.

    I have no idea where all this is going to land. Maybe Davies lied to CBS. Maybe he lied to the FBI. Maybe he lied to everyone, or maybe to no one at all. It might be useful to hear the accounts of people who were undeniably there. It might also be useful to see the sworn testimony of the FBI agents who interviewed Davies.

  65. cole3244 says:

    this would coincide with gop methodology, why deal with the facts when made up circumstances make more cogent talking points.
    ps – someday the electorate may realize the repugs are and have been lying to them, or maybe not.

  66. Monoceros Forth says:

    Davies is probably going to go the Chuck Barris route and start making up even wilder stories about daring covert activities that the Obama Administration just wants to cover up and force him to lie about.

  67. naksuthin says:

    It’s not surprising that Republicans would try to capitalize even on a false story to discredit a President many of them consider to be

    1. a Muslim
    2. not qualified to be President by birth.
    There is such a deep seated racist hatred of a black President that the white Republican establishment that they will do everything they can….even if it means taking down the US economy or damaging the US credit rating…to discredit and embarrass a black President.
    That is why Republicans often refer to their OWN party as a party of old White men.

  68. bkmn says:

    But Ms. Lindsey G doesn’t read libril media giant NYT….so Benghazi!

  69. ComradeRutherford says:

    Perish the thought!!!

    Since Republicans believe that ‘Cutting Taxes Increases Revenue’, or 2 – 2 = 5, it’s no surprise that they believe a $10,000/month stateless mercenary is less expensive than a $2000/month patriotic US Soldier.

  70. Mike_in_the_Tundra says:

    Odd how that works out, isn’t it?

  71. devans00 says:

    For some reason, many Government officials aren’t interested in doing a ROI analysis on The Big Lie that private companies are cheaper and better than public workers.

    Hmmm, could have something to do with over 75% of ex-congress people becoming lobbyists for the industries they were supposed to oversee?

  72. devans00 says:

    As far as I can tell, @Jasper & @BVer, the technique works wonderfully. Between the people begging to be lied to, the ones too stupid to know the difference and the people who don’t care, the GOP and Fox News are doing well for themselves. The Big Lie is a solid gameplan.

  73. Anonymous says:

    You mean, like sociopaths?

  74. Mike_in_the_Tundra says:

    Terribly off topic, but pay attention to the category 5 typhoon that is currently hitting the Philippines.

  75. Ramon Nieves says:

    The Republican’s are good at using Joseph Goebbels’s tactics over and over
    again. The Big Lie Technique. Repeat a lie often enough and some people
    are bound to believe. With the racist bigots and idiots they have as their base that’s an
    easy thing to do.

  76. ComradeRutherford says:

    “Davies, who worked for a private security firm hired to protect the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya,”

    Because mercenaries are so much more trustworthy and reliable and less expensive than US Marines.

  77. Ramon Nieves says:

    The Republican are good at using Joseph Goebbels’s tactics over and over again. The big lie technique. Repeat a lie often enough and some people are bound to believe. With the idiots they have as their base that’s an easy thing to do.

  78. ComradeRutherford says:

    Oh, don’t worry. Fox ‘News’ will make up another easily disproven lie for the GOP.

  79. Mike_in_the_Tundra says:

    They’re so damn good at lying! Maybe they don’t have any morals, so the lies never show in their faces.

  80. Ramon Nieves says:

    Another Republican inspired conspiracy theory bites the dust. Don’t worry, they’re bound to come up with another made up conspiracy theory. The Republicans are not interested in governing,just promoting lies.

  81. BVer says:

    And because they control a good part of the media the story gets repeated so much people begin to believe it. This is right out of the Fascist Goebbels playbook!

  82. devans00 says:

    Well, guess the Republicans in Congress will have to come up with another excuse to avoid working with the democratically elected President of the United States.

  83. Jasper says:

    Conservatives seems to believe that you don’t have to tell the truth. All you have to do is tell a story that is plausible to your audience.

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