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Benghazi Suspect Interviewed By CNN Charged By American Authorities

On Tuesday, Ahmed Abdu Khattala, a suspect in the September 11, 2012 attack on an American consulate in Benghazi, Libya, was charged by American authorities in connection with his involvement in that deadly assault. The charges, issued by federal authorities investigating that attack, are under seal. These remain the only criminal charges issued in connection with the Benghazi attack.

“With the anniversary of the attack looming, the Justice Department has come under criticism for the lack of public progress in the case,” CNN’s Evan Perez reports.

People close to the case say the investigation has moved significantly in recent months. The initial charges are filed in a complaint in New York, according to the people briefed on the matter.

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In May, CNN reporter Arwa Damon managed to locate Khattala in Libya and secured an interview with him. Khattala confirmed that he was not in hiding and had not been contacted by either Libyan or American investigators.

A portion of that interview was broadcast on CNN on July 31 on The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.

The full interview with Khattala will air tonight on CNN at 10 p.m. ET, 7 p.m. PT, during a feature presentation hosted by Erin Burnett.

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