Independent report on Libya’s US consulate attack finds ‘systemic security failures’

Washington, Dec 19 (ANI): An independent analysis of the September 11 attacks on the U.S. Consulate in the Libyan city of Benghazi has cited ‘systemic failures and leadership and management deficiencies’ at the State Department.

The 39-page report concluded that the failures resulted in a security plan ‘that was inadequate for Benghazi and grossly inadequate to deal with the attack that took place.’

Veteran diplomat Thomas Pickering and former Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen, both members of the review board, are scheduled to brief members of the House Foreign Affairs and Senate Foreign Relations committees in private on Wednesday.

According to CNN, the board found that Washington tended ‘to overemphasize the positive impact of physical security upgrades while generally failing to meet Benghazi’s repeated requests’ to beef up personnel.’

The report also said “there was no protest prior to the attacks,” which it described as “unanticipated in their scale and intensity.”

It also cited the Bureau of Diplomatic Security staff as “inadequate” in Benghazi on the day of the attack and in the months and weeks leading up to it, “despite repeated requests from Special Mission Benghazi and Embassy Tripoli for additional staffing.” (ANI)

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