14 September, 2012
REPORT: STATE DEPARTMENT WARNED OF EMBASSY ATTACK 48 HOURS IN ADVANCE- BUT OBAMA DID NOTHING
The Independent, a prominent British newspaper, is reporting that the State Department had credible warning of the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi which resulted in the assassination of Ambassador Chris Stevens 48 hours in advance, but that the Obama administration did nothing.
The newspaper quotes "senior diplomatic sources" as saying that the State Department had "credible" information that attacks would take place on American missions in the Middle East two days before mobs stormed the Benghazi consulate and the U.S. embassy in Cairo, but issued no alerts to diplomatic personel in the region.
The White House denies the reports.
The attacks took place on the anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy, yet no one in the administration thought that a heightened state of alert at embassies and diplomatic missions in the Middle East might be in order.
Marine Corps spokesmen deny reports that the marines guarding the Cairo embassy had no live ammunition.
ADDENDUM: Kenneth Quinn, who served as U.S. ambassador to Cambodia under the Clinton administration, says that he is "shocked" by the lack of security at the Benghazi consulate- and specifically by the fact that there were no Marines stationed there.
HT: The Beanwalker