(WASHINGTON) — A U.S. official confirms that an FBI team, under the protection of a U.S. military unit, visited Benghazi for the first time since the Sept. 11 attack that killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens.
At a briefing Thursday, Pentagon spokesperson George Little confirmed that the U.S. military’s special operations forces transported the team into Benghazi Thursday to visit the damaged U.S. consulate. Though Little was reluctant to provide specifics, saying he didn’t want to tip off “the wrong people” about the mission, he did say the military unit provided logistical and security support. He later added that the U.S. military had provided an “airlift” for the visit that that lasted “a number of hours.”
The FBI team surveyed the damage at the consulate building and gathered evidence, Libyan security officials said, according to Voice of America. Libyan military vehicles sealed off the road leading to the consulate compound to allow for the visit, which had to be approved by the Libyan government.
Asked why it took so long for investigators to visit the attack site, Little said that too much shouldn’t be read into any time delays because the U.S. has been actively investigating the events surrounding the attack.
“We have not been sitting around waiting, you know, for information to come to us,” he said about the investigation.
Little said investigators have been “actively chasing leads in various ways.”
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Paul Cruickshank and Michael Pearson, CNN