During today’s House Oversight Committee hearing, whistleblower Gregory Hicks claimed there was “a shift” in the way State Department officials treated him after he asked why Susan Rice had blaimed the Benghazi attack on protests sparked by a YouTube video.
“In hindsight, I think it began after I asked the question about Ambassador [Susan] Rice’s statement on the TV shows,” Hicks said. He went on to tell the committee that Acting U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Elizabeth Jones gave a “blistering report” of his performance when he returned to the U.S. to attend the funeral of slain ambassador Christopher Stevens, though he was given “no indication” there were issues with his work. “She even said she didn’t understand why anyone in Tripoli would want me to come back,” Hicks recalled.
He added that his current position is in essence a demotion from the one he held as 2nd in command at the American embassy in Libya.