13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi is an excellent movie and recommend you go see it. The movie starts off by saying it is a true story. Not surprisingly, given how he is portrayed by the character "Bob" in the movie, the actual Benghazi CIA Station Chief does not care for the book and movie's depiction of his actions (leading up to and during the al Qaeda and Ansar al-Sharia terror attack on the night of September 11-12, 2012).
One of the most hotly disputed points (other than why no air support ever came) is whether "Bob" issued a stand down order that delayed the rescue attempt of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and Sean Smith (they were at the consulate compound a mile away) by approximately a half hour and likely contributed to their deaths by smoke inhalation.
In interviews, the contractors have been adamant that the “stand down” order was issued. Earlier this week, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, said in an interview with the Boston Herald that when it comes to the stand down order, “there are witnesses who said there was one and there are witnesses who said there was not one… So the best I can do is lay out what the witnesses say and then you are going to have to make a determination as to who you believe is more credible.”
David Costabile plays the cowardly and craven CIA Benghazi station chief "Bob" in 13 Hours
Variety further reports:
[Mitchell] Zuckoff [who wrote the book 13 Hours: The Secret Soliders of Benghazi which the movie is based on] issued a statement this evening through Paramount:
“The movie and book got it right. The CIA spokesman’s comments are predictable but not remotely credible.
“If you read “Bob’s” statements to the Washington Post, he would have us believe that he neither prevented the guys from leaving nor approved or ordered their departure. That’s nonsensical on its face and contradicted by facts and logic:
“– Two of our named sources, John Tiegen and Kris Paronto, heard Bob say those words, stand down, which they shared with Jack and D.B., who already understood that they were being held back. Our two key sources are on the record, with their names, while Bob remains shielded by anonymity.
“– Neither Bob nor the CIA disputes that a delay occurred and that the guys ultimately moved out without his authorization. That, logically, adds up to a simple conclusion: he held them back and then they left without his approval.
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Moe Lane, JLenardDetroit, and Ace loved 13 Hours.
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Great that @13hours movie promo uses the CIA contractors who fought in #Benghazi. Follow them: @KrisParonto, @JohnTiegen, @MarkGeistSWP— Stephen Hayes (@stephenfhayes) January 15, 2016
See our new evidence in Benghazi: Rescue Interrupted https://t.co/zNEPm42eGh https://t.co/ShZXBDRz6i @FullMeasureNews and see #13HoursMovie— Sharyl Attkisson (@SharylAttkisson) January 16, 2016