Benghazi attack. (Photo credit STR/AFP/GettyImages)
By William M. Welch, USA TODAY
The Justice Department has filed criminal charges in the deadly attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, media reports say.
CNN and the Wall Street Journal reported the charges stemming from the attack that killed the American ambassador to Libya and three others.
The charges were sealed and their exact nature wasn't clear, nor was the number of suspects named in the case, the Journal reported.
CNN said the charges name Ahmed Abu Khattalah, leader of a Libyan militia. The charges are the first criminal counts to emerge from the Benghazi consulate attack and investigation.
The Obama administration has come under strong attack from some conservatives in Congress who accuse it of covering up failures to secure the consulate before and during Sept. 11, 2012, attack.