Simon & Schuster is "suspending publication" of a book claiming to provide an eyewitness account of the Benghazi consulate attack after the author's version of events turned out to be largely exaggerated. Author "Morgan Jones," who is really Dylan Davies, was also the main source for a 60 Minutes report on the Benghazi attacks that recently aired on CBS. That report was corrected Friday morning, after evidence surfaced that Davies had changed his story.
The book, The Embassy House: The Explosive Eyewitness Account of the Libyan Embassy Siege by the Soldier Who Was There, was published by a conservative imprint of Simon & Schuster called Threshold Editions. Simon & Schuster is also owned by the CBS Corporation.
Days after 60 Minutes aired its dramatic report by reporter Lara Logan just under two weeks ago, it emerged that Davies's story didn't match the account he gave to his employer, a British security contractor, just after the attack. But CBS News and Simon and Schuster stood by Davies's story in the face of increasing calls for a retraction of the piece, including one from liberal media watchdog Media Matters.
In Davies's public version, he was able to scale the compound's walls during the attack and fight off terrorists to rescue the Americans inside. He even talked of a dramatic hand-to-hand fight where Davies takes out an attacker with the butt of a rifle. Davies also claimed that he viewed the body of the slain American ambassador in the hospital after the attacks. None of those things happened, according to the account he gave to his employer. On Thursday, The New York Times reported that his dramatic story didn't match the story he gave the FBI, either. That revelation finally prompted CBS to review their story and eventually issue a correction and apology.
Along with Simon & Schuster's decision to pull the books from retail shelves, Slate has also added a long disclaimer to an excerpt of Davies's book they published in late October.