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Lara Logan left Egypt in early February after being detained and blindfolded by police — but she felt compelled to return, she explained in an interview with Charlie Rose that aired four days before she was brutally attacked and sexually assaulted.
“Yes, I would go back, [but] it would depend entirely on the circumstances. If I could get an interview with [Egyptian president Hosni] Mubarak, I would go tomorrow. Am I just going to go throw myself into the circumstances? No, that doesn’t seem smart,” said Logan, who had returned to work on a story about Google executive Wael Ghonim.
Logan said she was troubled by the decision to leave the country at first.
“It’s very hard to be away from this story,” she said. “I feel like a failure, professionally. I didn’t deliver. It’s in my blood to be there and be in the street and be listening to people and do the best report that I can.”
But the mother of two clearly had mixed reactions about returning.
“I put my family through a very difficult situation,” she said. “It’s easy to look in hindsight and say why didn’t you stay … But we were not safe.”
Logan was released from the hospital Tuesday after being brutally attacked and sexually assaulted on Feb. 11, the day President Hosni Mubarak stepped down from power.
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