January 15, 2014


Senate report: Attacks on U.S. compounds in Benghazi could have been prevented (Adam Goldman and Anne Gearan, January 15, 2014, Washington Post)

A long-delayed Senate Intelligence Committee report released Wednesday faulted both the State Department and the intelligence community for not preventing attacks on two outposts in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans, including a U.S. ambassador, about 16 months ago.

The bipartisan report laid out more than a dozen findings regarding the assaults on a diplomatic compound and a CIA annex in the city. It said the State Department failed to increase security at its mission despite warnings, and blamed intelligence agencies for not sharing information about the existence of the CIA outpost with the U.S. military.

The committee determined that the U.S. military command in Africa didn't know about the CIA annex and that the Pentagon didn't have the resources in place to defend the State Department compound in an emergency. [...]

The document contains only one mention of former secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton, who is named by the panel's Republicans as the official who should ultimately be held responsible for the failures at Benghazi. But the broader report also finds no evidence of the kind of political coverup that Republicans have long alleged -- providing fodder for both sides as Clinton ponders a possible presidential run in 2016.

The committee described the attacks as opportunistic and said there was no specific advance warning that they were about to be carried out.

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