Libyan president Muhammad al-Megarif is convinced that the September 11 attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi were premeditated and deliberate. “The way these perpetrators acted, and moved … and their choosing the specific date for this so-called demonstration, leaves us with no doubt that this was pre-planned, determined, predetermined,” he said. He believes that the attacks, in which Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans died, were planned by al-Qaeda two months before.
Update: Al-Megarif claims Libyan security officials warned the U.S. three days before the attacks of a rapidly deteriorating situation in Benghazi and “possible violent unrest.”
But the U.S. government says otherwise. U.N. ambassador Susan Rice insisted that the mob besieging the consulate was formed in spontaneous reaction to the repulsive, Islamo-phobic and crucially, American-made video that so deeply offended Muslims. “It seems to have been hijacked,” said Rice, “by some individual clusters of extremists who came with heavier weapons.”