Slain ambassador among those faulted in Senate report on Benghazi

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Intelligence Committee is blaming the State Department, the intelligence community and even the late Ambassador Chris Stevens for failing to communicate and heed warnings of terrorist activity before the 2012 assault on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya. If they had done so, the report says, the attack could have been prevented.

Stevens and three other Americans were killed in the attack.

The panel's report says the U.S. military was not positioned to aid the Americans because the ambassador had rejected its offers of security teams.

The report also deals with the talking points issued by the intelligence community after the attacks, which helped fuel Republican allegations that the Obama administration was covering up the involvement of militants.

According to the report, intelligence analysts incorrectly referred to the presence of a protest at the diplomatic post before the attack. It says they didn't have "sufficient intelligence or eyewitness statements" to back up those reports.

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