Attorney on Client Gregory Hicks: He Will Be Vindicated

Friday, 13 Sep 2013 05:53 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

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Gregory Hicks, the former Deputy Chief of Mission in Libya who says he was effectively "demoted" for questioning U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice's explanation that the Benghazi attack last September was sparked by an inflammatory video, may about to be vindicated.

Victoria Toensing, the attorney for Hicks, told former Michigan Congressman Pete Hoeskstra, guest host of "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV, "I'm hoping to have good news any day now, any day now ... Some powerful people in the government, in the Congress, have been pursuing that he would get a better position, and I'm hoping that the State Department has finally agreed to that."

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Toensing, attorney and partner at DiGenova & Toensing, said whistleblowers like Hicks face enormous consequences for speaking up.

"The CIA even has a term for it, it's called a burn notice. If somebody is going to report wrongdoing or doing something that the agency is mad about, then all kinds of people around them start making up things that happen to them or say, 'Oh, I just saw her lose her temper, my goodness, you need counseling,'" Toensing said.

"Let me tell you, I always ... just wait until the person says ... after four weeks, they came in and said, we think you need counseling and they want to send them off to the shrink. It's very frightening."

She said Hicks was "highly praised" until he criticized Rice "for lying on TV about the Benghazi attack was not an attack."

She said her client had asked for more security in Benghazi — a request that was never granted.

"When Greg Hicks arrived July 31, 2012, there were 30 people guarding the embassy, and by mid-September, there were 10," she said.

Four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens, were killed in the bloodbath on Sept. 11, 2012.

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