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Ex-CIA Contractor Tells His Side Of 2012 Benghazi Terrorist Attack

Ex-CIA Contractor Tells His Side Of 2012 Benghazi Terrorist Attack Click to Enlarge Photo: Steve Coursolle (KNSI)

Apr 17, 2016 at 1:11 pm

Sauk Rapids, Minn. (KNSI) - A former CIA defense contractor stopped in Sauk Rapids Saturday night, to tell his firsthand account of the 2012 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

Kris "Tonto" Paronto led the counter attack against the terrorists on September 11th, where U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed.

Paronto spoke to the crowd of close to 200 at Sauk Rapids Middle School, said he continues to tell his story because he says politicians have spread misinformation on what actually happened in Benghazi.

"First of all that wasn't a spontaneous protest, the attack was well coordinated and it was well planned, they being Ansar al-Sharia and Al-Qaeda in the Maghreb the two terrorist groups did some very good reconnaissance," he said.

Paronto clarifies his decision to go against his superiors and lead the six men team to defend the consulate.

"Eventually we just had to buck orders. When we got the word from Alec over the radio saying if we didn't get there they were all going to bleeping die, it was time to go," he said.

The movie and book '13 Hours' was based off his firsthand account of the attack.

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