CBS has released a statement saying veteran foreign correspondent Lara Logan was sexually assaulted while covering the Eqyptian revolution. This is, of course, the first word of this, and the network is not commenting beyond the statement below. Needless to say, it's shocking: Logan had been one of the reporters on the ground in Alexandria when she had left her hotel and was attacked by mobs there. What's especially shocking about this account is that President Mubarak had already stepped down and that the danger - presumably - for reporters had passed. Logan, a South African native, is a highly skilled and highly regarded reporter who has covered dozens of stories for "60 Minutes," where she's a contributor, and for the "Evening News." She inaugurated Kate Couric's premiere broadcast five years a report from the war in Afghanistan. Here's the statement from CBS News:
On Friday February 11, the day Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak stepped down, CBS Correspondent Lara Logan was covering the jubilation in Tahrir Square for a 60 MINUTES story when she and her team and their security were surrounded by a dangerous element amidst the celebration. It was a mob of more than 200 people whipped into a frenzy. In the crush of the mob, she was separated from her crew. She was surrounded and suffered a brutal and sustained sexual assault and beating before being saved by a group of women and an estimated 20 Egyptian soldiers. She reconnected with the CBS team, returned to her hotel and returned to the United States on the first flight the next morning. She is currently in the hospital recovering. There will be no further comment from CBS News and Correspondent Logan and her family respectfully request privacy at this time.