Well, well, well........America 'was warned of embassy attack but did nothing'
The killings of the US ambassador to Libya and three of his staff
were likely to have been the result of a serious and continuing security
breach, The Independent can reveal.
American officials believe the attack was planned, but Chris Stevens
had been back in the country only a short while and the details of his
visit to Benghazi, where he and his staff died, were meant to be
The US administration is now facing a crisis in
Libya. Sensitive documents have gone missing from the consulate in
Benghazi and the supposedly secret location of the "safe house" in the
city, where the staff had retreated, came under sustained mortar attack.
Other such refuges across the country are no longer deemed "safe".
of the missing papers from the consulate are said to list names of
Libyans who are working with Americans, putting them potentially at risk
from extremist groups, while some of the other documents are said to
relate to oil contracts.
According to senior diplomatic sources,
the US State Department had credible information 48 hours before mobs
charged the consulate in Benghazi, and the embassy in Cairo, that
American missions may be targeted, but no warnings were given for
diplomats to go on high alert and "lockdown", under which movement is
Mr Stevens had been on a visit to Germany,
Austria and Sweden and had just returned to Libya when the Benghazi trip
took place with the US embassy's security staff deciding that the trip
could be undertaken safely.
Eight Americans, some from the
military, were wounded in the attack which claimed the lives of Mr
Stevens, Sean Smith, an information officer, and two US Marines. All
staff from Benghazi have now been moved to the capital, Tripoli, and
those whose work is deemed to be non-essential may be flown out of
I have no comment, I'm to mad. Other than thanks to the Independent, doing the job the American media fears to do.
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