FILE - This undated file image obtained from Facebook shows Ahmed Abu Khattala, an alleged leader of the deadly 2012 attacks on Americans in Benghazi, Libya, who was captured by U.S. special forces on Sunday, June 15, 2014, on the outskirts of Benghazi. A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's office said Saturday, June 28, 2014 that Khattala is in federal law enforcement custody. There is heightened security at Washington's federal courthouse. (AP Photo, File)

Q&A: Next steps in the Benghazi case

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- In the court of public opinion, the 2012 Benghazi attack has been contentious. In the court of law, it's going to be a grind.

The suspect in the first prosecution arising from the attack is due back in court this week. His trial promises to be a thread-the-needle effort to prosecute and defend an alleged terrorist without spilling security secrets or running afoul of the rights accorded the accused in the U.S. justice system.

Questions and answers about what's ahead in the case of Ahmed Abu Khattala, charged in the assault that killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, security officers Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty, and information specialist Sean Smith:

Q: What's the next step?

A: A detention hearing Wednesday in the federal courthouse in Washington where Abu Khattala pleaded not guilty over the weekend.

Prosecutors will get the opportunity to release more details of their case as they outline why he should continue to be held, not released on bond or under any condition. He will almost certainly be directed to remain in custody.

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Q: What's the Justice Department doing?

A: Picking its steps carefully.

For the moment, Abu Khattala

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