'60 Minutes' says to correct report on Benghazi attack

Reuters

Nov 8 (Reuters) - TV newsmagazine "60 Minutes" on Fridaysaid it would correct an October report on the Sept. 11, 2012,attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, sayingthat a source who told the program that he had been present atthe scene of the attack gave conflicting testimony to the FBI.

The program on Oct. 27 aired a segment on the attack, inwhich the U.S. ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, and threeother Americans were killed, quoting a security official whodescribed being at the compound during the attack, fighting offan assailant and seeing the ambassador's body.

Reporter Lara Logan said 60 Minutes no longer had confidencein the information the security official had given the programand it was a mistake to put him on air.

"60 Minutes" has since learned that the official, who itnamed as Dylan Davies, gave the FBI a different account of hisactions that night, Logan said on a CBS morning news program onFriday.

"The most important thing to every person at '60 Minutes' isthe truth, and today the truth is we made a mistake," Logan saidon "CBS This Morning." "Nobody likes to admit they made amistake, but if you do, you have to stand up and takeresponsibility and you have to say that you are wrong. And inthis case, we were wrong."

The program plans to air a correction on Sunday, Logan said.

Simon and Schuster, a publisher owned by CBS Corp,on Friday began withdrawing a book on the incident, "The EmbassyHouse," which was written by Davies under the pseudonym MorganJones.

"In light of information that has been brought to ourattention since the initial publication of 'The Embassy House,'we have withdrawn from publication and sale all formats of thisbook and are recommending that booksellers do the same," saidJennifer Robinson, a spokeswoman for Simon and Schuster'sThreshold Editions unit.

The Benghazi attack, mounted by militants linked to alQaeda, has emerged as a political flashpoint in Washington, withRepublican lawmakers saying the assault and death of anambassador show that President Barack Obama's administration hasfailed to maintain security at foreign posts.

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham last month threatened toblock Janet Yellen, Obama's pick as next head of the FederalReserve, until the administration provides more information onhow the attack occurred.

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