WASHINGTON — Four State Department officials were removed from their posts on Wednesday after an independent panel criticized the “grossly inadequate” security at a diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, that was attacked on Sept. 11, leading to the deaths of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.
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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in September. She was not criticized in the independent panel’s report on security in Benghazi, Libya.
Document: Unclassified Version of the Accountability Review Board Report
Letter from Clinton to Congress (state.gov)
Interactive Graphic: The Attack on the American Mission in Benghazi, Libya
Panel Assails Role of State Department in Benghazi Attack
(December 19, 2012)
Libya — the Benghazi Attacks
Eric J. Boswell, the assistant secretary of state for diplomatic security, resigned. Charlene R. Lamb, the deputy assistant secretary responsible for embassy security, and another official in the diplomatic security office whom officials would not identify were relieved of their duties. So was Raymond Maxwell, a deputy assistant secretary who had responsibility for North Africa. The four officials, a State Department spokeswoman said, “have been placed on administrative leave pending further action.”
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