By Aglaia Staff

CBS correspondent Lara Logan apologized Friday and said the network was “wrong” for a “60 Minutes” report that raised questions about the Obama administration’s response to last year’s attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya.

The assault left four Americans dead, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens.

“In this case, we were wrong. We made a mistake,” Logan said on “CBS This Morning.” “That’s disappointing for any journalist. It’s very disappointing for me.”

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A primary source for the “60 Minutes” report on October 27 was a security contractor using the pseudonym “Morgan Jones,” later identified as Dylan Davies. Davies told CBS he was able to reach the Benghazi compound on the night of September 11, 2012, scale a wall and even fight off a militant.

Also on Friday, the publisher of a book containing Davies’ account said it was suspending the sale and publication of the book. Threshold Editions, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, is recommending that booksellers not sell “The Embassy House” and return the books, spokeswoman Jennifer Robinson told CNN.

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The “60 Minutes” story broadcast October 27 cast doubt on whether the Obama administration sent all possible help to try to save Stevens and his three colleagues. The story was then cited by congressional Republicans who have demanded to know why a military rescue was not attempted.

Incident report raised questions

The CBS story first came into question because of an incident report filed by the contractor’s employer, the Blue Mountain security company. The incident report, obtained by CNN and first reported in The Washington Post, said the contractor never reached the Benghazi compound.

The incident report also revealed the real name of “Morgan Jones” to be Davies.

CBS initially stood by the story after the incident report came to light. Davies said he never saw the incident report. But he said it matched a false account he gave his Blue Mountain supervisor to cover up that he had disobeyed the supervisor’s order not to go to the compound.

In a statement to CNN this week, Davies said, “The account in my book is consistent with what I gave to the FBI and U.S. authorities about what happened in Benghazi.”

CIA operatives to Testify

Davies’ co-author, Damien Lewis, also told CNN this week that Jones never wavered in his story.

“He’s been consistent in the story from the word go,” Lewis said. “Not only that, he’s the kind of guy who downplays his role.”

Reached Friday after CBS’s apology, Lewis said he would have nothing more to say until Davies comments.

Hearing set for next week

CIA employees are scheduled to testify about the attack next week.

U.S. officials have said Stevens and information officer Sean Smith took refuge behind a heavy metal door at 10:30 p.m. on the night of the attack, about 30 minutes after attackers had breached the walls of the compound. The two were quickly overcome by smoke when attackers set fire to the building.

Also at 10:30 p.m., six security agents left a CIA annex a mile away. The six agents and 16 Libyan security officials regained control of the compound.

With the help of a rescue team that arrived from Tripoli at 1:15 a.m., the agents rescued about 30 Americans and took them to the CIA annex. They also took Stephens and Smith, although their conditions at that time have not been made clear.

At 4 a.m., militants attacked the CIA annex. Navy SEALs Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods were killed.

 

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