The 60 Minutes Benghazi Source Just Sort of Lies About Everything

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Nov. 14 2013 4:48 PM

The 60 Minutes Benghazi Source Just Sort of Lies About Everything

One week ago, when trying to report out the debacle that had become 60 Minutes' report on the Benghazi attack, I emailed Dylan Davies' publisher to ask whether the contractor could do an interview. Davies, who co-authored his memoir The Embassy House under the name "Morgan Jones," had talked to reporter Eli Lake on Nov. 2 about the "smears" against him, then clammed up. When I asked for my interview, I was told "Morgan Jones is recovering from cancer surgery and not doing interviews at this time."

But today, via Lake, we learn what Jones/Davis did the following day, Nov. 8.

Dylan Davies, the British contractor whose contested eyewitness account of the assault on the U.S. compound in Benghazi caused a firestorm, sent an email to the publisher of his new book telling them he was going dark. ... Davies wrote that on Sunday November 3 at 4:00 a.m., he was hand-delivered a note to his home address in Wales that said, “Stop talking now or your wife and son will disappear.” In the email to Robinson, he went onto say, “Due to this threat I will not discuss the book with anyone under any circumstances for the foreseeable future, I am not prepared to put my family in danger. I stand by my story however I understand that it continues to be rubbished, which I expected.”
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I've asked, hopefully I'll find out, if Jones had cancer surgery in this period. Maybe he did! Maybe he was at home as late as Nov. 3, sending emails on Nov. 8, but laid up from surgery on Nov. 7. Also possible: He is the King Midas of truthless BS, and everything he touches ends up being misleading.

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. 

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