According to Reuters, U.S. Security Officer Eric Nordstrom, who was assigned to a post in Tripoli until about two months before the attack on the Embassy in Bengazi on September 11, spoke out today regarding a serious concern regarding the State Department in relation to the deadly attack. According to Nordstrom, he had asked his State Department superiors on two separate occasions to issue more security agents to the American mission in Benghazi.
According to documented communication, Charlene Lamb who is a State Department official wanted to maintain an “artificially low” presence of United States security personnel in Benghazi.
Nordstrom reportedly continued to insist on additional U.S. security in Libya by even chronologically listing security incidents that had occurred there from June 2011 to July 2012, forty-eight of the incidents involving incident of militia gunfights to bomb attacks right in Benghazi.
This information was made public in a brief summary of Nordstrom’s statements during an interview with the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
According to the Reuters report, Nordstrom’s actions and those of his superiors are to be analyzed in a public hearing on Wednesday in Congress.
The deadly attack in Benghazi left four dead including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens. First reports attempted to blame a viral video which disrespected Islam but then were later changed to admitting that the September 11 attack was terrorist-related.
The primary source of this article is Reuters.