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Riveting accounts fill hearing on attack in Libya

WASHINGTON — A veteran diplomat gave a riveting minute-by-minute account on Wednesday of the lethal terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, last Sept. 11 and described its contentious aftermath in nearly five hours of testimony at a charged congressional hearing that reflected the weighty political stakes perceived by both parties.

During a chaotic night at the US Embassy in Tripoli, 600 miles away, the diplomat, Gregory Hicks, got what he called ‘‘the saddest phone call I’ve ever had in my life’’ informing him that Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens was dead and that he was now the highest-ranking American in Libya. For his leadership that night when four Americans were killed, Hicks said, he subsequently received calls from both Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and President Obama.

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