The truth is evidently too inconvenient for the State Department.

This afternoon, Gregory Hicks testified that after he questioned Susan Rice and the State Department’s post-Benghazi talking points, he has “effectively been demoted from deputy chief of mission to desk officer.”

Hicks said he was demoted from deputy chief of mission to a desk officer, said sudden criticism happened after Qs of Rice #Benghazi

— Tasha Diakides (@TashaCNN) May 8, 2013

Hicks notes that he was effectively demoted to desk officer after challenging false State narratives. #benghazi

— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) May 8, 2013

Hicks: Not interviewed by FBI. Told not to meet w Congress. Attacked by StateDept for questioning Rice’s claims. Was “effectively demoted.”

— Josh Relkin (@JLRelkin) May 8, 2013

Hicks: I have been demoted over this. #Benghazi

— Rachael (@Miss_Wisconsin) May 8, 2013

Is this what future whistleblowers should expect from the Obama Administration?

So liar Hillary gets to make millions from speaking and books before running for president, and truth-teller Hicks got demoted.

— Razor (@hale_razor) May 8, 2013

Hicks was first praised by EVERYone, including @barackobama then suddenly demoted when he ?’d blaming the video.How could that NOT be shady

— Kira Ayn Davis (@KiraAynDavis) May 8, 2013

Extremely shady.

Hicks went from Highly Decorated Diplomat to Desk Jockey for questioning the “video” talking points. #Benghazi

— RB (@RBPundit) May 8, 2013

Demoted? Thrown under the bus so others can pull a CYA? That sounds familiar. #Benghazi

— Amy Marie, Esq. (@amyvrwc) May 8, 2013

@rbpundit “Nice career ya got there. Be a shame if something else happened to it…”

— Phineas Fahrquar (@irishspy) May 8, 2013

More from Ace of Spades:

The neat thing about retaliating against a whistleblower with a demotion is that now you can accuse him of #HavingAnAxeToGrind

— DepressiveBlogger69 (@AceofSpadesHQ) May 8, 2013

I wonder who demoted Hicks. It just so happens this occurred after his criticism of the false talking points. #GeeWhosInvolvedInEveryStep

— DepressiveBlogger69 (@AceofSpadesHQ) May 8, 2013

So they demote Hicks in retaliation for his speaking the truth; next, they accuse him of #HavingAnAxeToGrind #CrazyManOutforVengeance

— DepressiveBlogger69 (@AceofSpadesHQ) May 8, 2013

Headline: Disgruntled Employee Makes Up Lies About Selfless, Heroic Boss

— DepressiveBlogger69 (@AceofSpadesHQ) May 8, 2013


— DepressiveBlogger69 (@AceofSpadesHQ) May 8, 2013

“What difference, at this point, could it possibly make?” Apparently it made difference enough to demote a valued employee.

— DepressiveBlogger69 (@AceofSpadesHQ) May 8, 2013

HRC flack Nuland changes TP HRC but Rice delivers TPHRC lawyer Mills blockades discussion of TPHRC’s Dept demotes diplomatover TP

— DepressiveBlogger69 (@AceofSpadesHQ) May 8, 2013

What difference does it make?It sure would seem to make a great deal of difference to Hillary Rodham Clinton

— DepressiveBlogger69 (@AceofSpadesHQ) May 8, 2013

I can’t believe these lies about HRC. She’s had nothing in her past to suggest she’d lie to investigators and engage in political cover-up.

— DepressiveBlogger69 (@AceofSpadesHQ) May 8, 2013

She has absolutely no history, ever, of punishing federal employees who grew inconvenient. #IWantTheirPeopleOutandOurPeopleIn

— DepressiveBlogger69 (@AceofSpadesHQ) May 8, 2013

It’s totally not a scandal if you demote a highly praised outstanding non-political bureaucrat just because he squeals on you #allaboveboard

— DepressiveBlogger69 (@AceofSpadesHQ) May 8, 2013

Gregory Hicks’ management skills came into question after he questioned the false talking points.#NoScandalHere #NoVictims

— DepressiveBlogger69 (@AceofSpadesHQ) May 8, 2013

Don’t think the situation could possibly get any shadier? Let California Democrat, Rep. Jackie Speier, show you you’re wrong:

Yep. Bribes, right out in the open. RT @talkradio200 Did Speier really ask Hicks what country he’d like to be assigned to? #Benghazi

— Tish(@KamaainaInOC) May 8, 2013

Bribery? Rep. Jackie Speier asks Gregory Hicks where he’d most like to be posted

— Right Scoop (@trscoop) May 8, 2013

Oh yes. That happened.

Are you offering Mr. Hicks a bribe, Representative Speier?

— Moe Lane (@moelane) May 8, 2013

Sure sounded like it.

Whuuut? MT @hotlinejosh: Speier says Greg Hicks should get first dibs on what country he shd be reassigned to. Asks where he wants to go.

— Gabriel Malor (@gabrielmalor) May 8, 2013

Ummm. Isn’t this a strange question from Speier to Hicks?? Where would you like to be posted? #wow #Benghazi

— Konni Burton (@KonniBurton) May 8, 2013

Speier promises to help get Hicks a desirable post. Phony. #benghazi

— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) May 8, 2013

ROFL! Ms. Speier attemps to mislead the witness and attempts to bribe Mr. Hicks in the middle of the hearing with a new post!

— Keith Goody (@good4politics) May 8, 2013

Yep. Pathetic. RT @rbpundit: A Democrat Congresswoman tried to bribe Hicks with a nice post DURING the #Benghazi hearing.

— Michelle Lancaster (@SkiGarmisch) May 8, 2013

Really amazing. RT @rbpundit: A Democrat Congresswoman tried to bribe Hicks with a nice post DURING the #Benghazi hearing.

— Dan McLaughlin (@baseballcrank) May 8, 2013

It takes a *special* lack of ethics to offer a plum post to a diplomat WHILE HE’S TESTIFYING. #Benghazi

— Razor (@hale_razor) May 8, 2013

No shame.



Whistleblower Greg Hicks on military being told to stand down: ‘They were furious’

Greg Hicks: I briefed Hillary on Benghazi that night; Clinton continued to blame video

Boom! Gregory Hicks: YouTube video was a ‘non-event in Libya’; Scapegoated filmmaker still in prison

Read more: