A spokesman for the U.S. State Department told reporters Friday afternoon that it would no longer answer questions about the attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that killed America’s ambassador and three others.

Foreign Policy magazine quotes State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland as saying:

I’m going to frustrate all of you, infinitely, by telling you that now that we have an open FBI investigation on the death of these four Americans, we are not going to be in a position to talk at all about what the U.S. government may or may not be learning about how any of this this happened — not who they were, not how it happened, not what happened to Ambassador Stevens, not any of it — until the Justice Department is ready to talk about the investigation that’s its got. So I’m going to send to the FBI for those kinds of questions and they’re probably not going to talk to you about it.

Until the Justice Department is ready to talk?

Asked if silence from the State Department would only allow misinformation to spread unchecked, Nuland reportedly replied, “I will do my best to get that information to you, but I have to respect the fact that this is now a crime scene.” Is that a crime scene in the same sense that the 2011 Fort Hood massacre was a scene of “workplace violence”? Will the media bother to ask?