CONSULATE SECURITY SUBJECT OF AUGUST MEETING
Security at the consulate in Benghazi, Libya, was the subject of a 15 August meeting - held to discuss concerns that the compound was not able to withstand a coordinated assault. The revelation opens new questions about the 11 September attack in which Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others were killed.
According to a report by FoxNews.com, which obtained a cable with a SECRET classification sent 16 August to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's office, a Regional Security Officer who was responsible for the consulate "expressed concerns with the ability to defend Post in the event of a coordinated attack due to limited manpower, security measures, weapons capabilities, host nation support, and the overall size of the compound."
The cable also described the security situation as "trending negatively," calling into question Obama Administration claims that there were no warnings of an attack. The cable also noted that "Benghazi militias have become more brazen in their actions and have little fear of reprisal" from the Libyan government that replaced the Qaddafi dictatorship earlier this year.
In a cable sent on 11 September also obtained by Foxnews.com, Ambassador Stevens also raised concern about security in Benghazi. In that cable, sent hours before he was killed in the attack, Stevens described Libyan police and military forces as "too weak to keep the country secure" and indicated that his frustration with the situation was increasing.
When asked about the cable by FoxNews.com, the State Department declined to comment.