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Lawmakers, officials tangle over Libya raid

Published: Friday, Dec. 21, 2012 5:30 a.m. CST

WASHINGTON – The State Department on Thursday acknowledged major weaknesses in security and errors in judgment exposed in a scathing independent report on the deadly Sept. 11 assault on a U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya. Two top State officials appealed to Congress to fully fund requests to ensure diplomats and embassies are safe.

Testifying before two congressional committees, senior State Department officials admitted that serious management and leadership failures left the diplomatic mission in Benghazi woefully unprepared for the terrorist attack that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.

“We clearly fell down on the job with regard to Benghazi,” Deputy Secretary of State William Burns told the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

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