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Benghazi Report Blames State Dept. as 3 Top Officials Resign

By Adam Ramirez on December 19, 2012 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

An independent panel has sharply criticized the U.S. State Department in its report on the Sept. 11 attacks on the Benghazi consulate. The consulate was unable to defend itself thanks to "systemic failures and leadership and management deficiencies" at the State Department.

Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed on Sept. 11 in Benghazi, Libya. The Special Mission post was overrun by militants who used rocket-propelled grenades, mortars and machine-gun fire, the 39-page report states.

One day after the report as released, three State officials are reportedly resigning.

Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Diplomatic Security Eric Boswell is resigning, NBC News reports. His deputy, Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Programs, Bureau of Diplomatic Security Charlene Lamb, as well as another unnamed official from State's Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs are resigning as well.

Benghazi Report Blames 'Systemic Failures' at State Department

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