US House holds hearing on Consulate attack in Libya

Wednesday, October 10, 2012 - 9:36pm

Today in Washington, a House of Representatives committee held a hearing on the attack against the US Consulate in Benghazi, Libya that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.

In prepared testimony, Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Wood told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that security was weak at the consulate in Benghazi.
He said that back in April, only one US diplomatic security agent was stationed in Benghazi.

The committee's chairman, Representative Darrell Issa, alleges the State Department ignored pleas from its diplomats in Libya to increase security there in the months before the attack in Benghazi. Eric Nordstrom, the former Chief Security Officer for US diplomats in Libya also testified today, saying he requested additional security agents in March and in July, but received no response.

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