December 10, 2014

NEW REPORT: Clinton State Dept. Security Failures Go Far Beyond Benghazi

The embassy security failures under Secretary Hillary Clinton’s watch at the State Department weren’t limited to the outpost in Benghazi, according to a new report.

Based on a previously undisclosed review from the State Department’s Inspector General on security at high-threat diplomatic posts, The Wall Street Journal paints a damning picture of embassy security under Clinton and reports that vulnerabilities were “more widespread than previously known.” The report raises serious questions about Hillary Clinton’s mismanagement of national security issues heading into the 2016 presidential campaign.

State Department investigators discovered numerous security deficiencies in global hot spots when reviewing U.S. diplomatic facilities in 2012 and 2013, suggesting problems were more widespread than previously known.Inspections of five newly opened compounds in 2012 found failings that included deviations from security standards, along with design, construction and maintenance flaws.

The review, which hadn’t been made public before, was undertaken from April to October 2012, toward the end of Hillary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state. It provides the best snapshot of security when the U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya, was attacked in September 2012, leading to the deaths of four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya.

Congressional panels investigating the Benghazi attacks concluded that State Department officials didn’t beef up security despite requests from diplomats in Libya. The reviews suggest such problems went well beyond Benghazi.

Here is the full review, parts of which had been undisclosed prior to America Rising requests to unseal the documents.

IG Report – Compliance With Physical and Procedural Security Stadards at Selected High Threat Post