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October 11th, 2012
06:37 AM ET

Contentious hearing into Benghazi attack – Elise Labott on where the investigation stands

Washington (CNN) - The State Department's former point man on security in Libya told a congressional hearing Wednesday that his superiors worked against him as he tried to get more help for the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi in the months before it was overrun in a deadly terror attack.

Eric Nordstrom, the one-time regional security officer, told the House Oversight Committee that he had a disheartening conversation with the regional director of the agency's Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs when he requested additional manpower for the facility.

He also told the State Department officer, "'For me, the Taliban is on the inside of the building."

That bombshell ended a contentious hearing during which two State Department officials defended the Obama administration's handling of the September 11 attack that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.

This morning on "Early Start," CNN's Elise Labott explains what came out of the hearings and where the investigation leads from here.

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