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Former Gitmo Detainee May Have Led Libya Attack

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Al-Qaeda is now being linked to the attacks on the U.S. consulate in Libya.

U. S. intelligence sources are even talking about one suspect in particular.

Intelligence sources tell FOX that there is not only a likely Al-Qaeda tie, but that a former U.S. detainee at Guantanamo Bay may have led the attack.

With the U.S. consulate now in ruins and four Americans dead, including the U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, U.S. intelligence sources say Sufyan Ben Qumu may be behind the attacks.

He was released from Guantanamo Bay back in 2007. He was supposed to be kept in Libyan custody, but that didn't last.

"I think people need to know what exactly happened because there was a massive failure here," Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton said. "You can't have four dead Americans and not attribute it to failure."

It comes as the administration's statements about the attacks have been changing. At first, what happened in Libya was seen as a spontaneous uprising, anger over an anti-Muslim movie trailer released by a U.S. filmmaker.

"The best assessment we have today is that in fact this was not a preplanned, premeditated attack," U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice said.

But it was a tough sell, especially considering that so many of the so-called demonstrators came bearing heavy weapons, such as rocket-propelled grenades and mortars.

And Wednesday a top administration counterterrorism official seemed to tell a different story.

"Let me begin by asking you whether you would say that Ambassador Stevens and the three other Americans died as a result of a terrorist attack?" asked Sen. Joe Lieberman, of Conn., said.

"Certainly on that particular question, I would say yes, they were killed in the course of a terrorist attack on our embassy," of the Matt Olsen, of the National Counterterrorism Center.

But the White House was specifically asked about this Wednesday, saying that they still see no evidence that this was a planned attack, FOX's Doug Luzader reported.

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