November 01, 2012

Arab TV Report Exposes Lax Security At U.S. Consulate In #Benghazi Prior To Ambassador Stevens' Arrival

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[Scroll down for update: These sensitive documents were found a month AFTER the FBI team investigated]

But, but the one 's administration "trusted" Libya to protect the Benghazi compound, right?

On November 1, 2012, Alaan TV, a UAE channel, stated in a report on the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi that letters found inside the consulate, written by the U.S. Consular staff and addressed to the Libyan Foreign Ministry and the Benghazi police chief, revealed security breaches at the consulate. According to the letters, not only had a Libyan policeman photographed the compound 15 hours prior to the attack, but the Libyan government had not provided the security at the consulate requested by the consular staff prior to Ambassador Chris Stevens' arrival in Benghazi. According to the report, the letter stated, "We are saddened to report that we have only received an occasional police presence at our main gate. Many hours pass when we have no police support at all."[...]

"The Letters Revealed That Since September 9, The Americans Had Been Requesting Special Security Arrangements In Preparation For Arrival Of Ambassador Chris Stevens" But That These "Were Not Granted"

Click here to view this clip on MEMRI TV.

I posted this last night:

FNC Exclusive: 8/16/2012 Classified Cable WARNED Benghazi Consulate Couldn't Withstand 'Coordinated Attack'..

Excerpt

RSO (Regional Security Officer) expressed concerns with the ability to defend Post in the event of a coordinated attack due to limited manpower, security measures, weapons capabilities, host nation support, and the overall size of the compound, the cable said.
The cable went straight to Hillary Clinton's office.

Catherine Herridge and Rep Chaffetz on Greta last night:

Remember, "no actual intelligence" was claimed by the Obama administration.

Update: Two at Foreign Policy were the ones who prepared this report for the Arab TV station. They found the letters and other things after the FBI team were there.

BENGHAZI, Libya More than six weeks after the shocking assault on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi -- and nearly a month after an FBI team arrived to collect evidence about the attack - the battle-scarred, fire-damaged compound where Ambassador Chris Stevens and another Foreign Service officer lost their lives on Sept. 11 still holds sensitive documents and other relics of that traumatic final day, including drafts of two letters worrying that the compound was under "troubling" surveillance and complaining that the Libyan government failed to fulfill requests for additional security.

By Stable Hand at 12:09 PM | Comments |