The claim isn’t exactly coming from a disinterested party, but this report from Cynthia Farahat of the Middle East Forum is certainly another interesting piece of the puzzle. Especially since the role of the Muslim Brotherhood in the Benghazi attack has never been entirely cleared up. And a lot may hinge on that question.
Ahmed Moussa, a prominent Egyptian television personality on the Tahrir TV channel as well as a former officer in Egyptian State Security Intelligence (SSI), went public on July 30 with a remarkable piece of information.
Moussa said, addressing U.S. ambassador Anne Patterson (in absentia) on his show:
Ambassador Stevens was killed in Benghazi, and you know who killed him, the U.S. administration knows who killed him, and you know how he was killed and it was a major strike against the U.S. administration, and all of you.
The assassin is now present at Rabia Al-Adawiya [mosque protest] His name is, do you know it or you would like me to inform you? He’s affiliated with Al Qaeda in Libya, his name is Mohsen Al-Azazi, his passport was found in the house of Khairat El-Shater.
That killer is in Rabia Al-Adawiya now, with Safwat Hegazy and Mohammed El-Beltagy, whom you and your administration support and aid. Your administration aids terrorism.
It’s an interesting claim. Certainly an Islamist from Libya could have easily headed over to Egypt to help the Brotherhood out in its time of need. It wouldn’t surprise me if a lot of them have.
Still the claim that Stevens was killed by a specific individual is open to question. The official narrative is that he died of smoke inhalation. Even assuming that’s not true, the body we saw in photos didn’t seem to have any obvious gunshot wounds and appeared alive enough for a crowd to take its time dragging it to a hospital. And whatever their motives, they probably wouldn’t have bothered if it had been clear that Stevens had been killed.
Either way it’s another ingredient in the Benghazigate mystery.