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Sensitive Documents Barely Guarded in Benghazi

The Washington Post reports:

More than three weeks after attacks in this city killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans, sensitive documents remained only loosely secured in the remains of the U.S. mission here on Wednesday, offering visitors easy access to delicate details about American operations in Libya.

Documents detailing weapons collection efforts, emergency evacuation protocols, the full internal itinerary of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens’s trip and the personnel records of Libyans who were contracted to secure the mission were among the items scattered across the floors of the looted compound when a Washington Post reporter and a translator visited Wednesday.

What is going on here? We know CNN was able to find Stevens’ journal. Now the Washington Post is finding more records. Why isn’t the State Department securing this site more thoroughly, or at least, making sure all the documents are removed? 

Furthermore, it’s been three weeks since the attack, and the FBI still hasn’t gotten to the site to investigate it.

Katrina TrinkoKatrina Trinko is a political reporter for National Review. Trinko is also a member of USA TODAY’S Board of Contributors, and her work has been published in various media outlets ...


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