Politics: London paper claims State Department knew of upcoming embassy attack – did nothing

Published by: Robert Laurie on Friday September 14th, 2012

Robert Laurie

By ROBERT LAURIE – Anonymous federal sources charge government with gross negligence

According to the London’s left-leaning “The Independent” Newspaper, not only was the Obama State Department warned of imminent attacks on U.S. embassies, the President’s people did nothing to place potential victims on alert.

The paper cites “senior diplomatic sources” who claim “the US State Department had credible information 48 hours before mobs charged the consulate in Benghazi, and the embassy in Cairo, that American missions may be targeted, but no warnings were given for diplomats to go on high alert and lockdown”

In addition, the sources say that sensitive, classified; documents were taken from the Libyan embassy.  These papers allegedly held the names of Libyan citizens who have been aiding U.S. interests in the country.  Obviously, those operatives would be in grave danger as we speak.

To be fair, these sources are anonymous, so the story needs to be taken with a grain of salt.  However, it does back up claims first presented in Israel’s Jerusalem Post.  According to their article, published on September 11th, a week before the rioting began Egypt's General Intelligence Service warned the United States of a jihadist group’s plan to attack American and Israeli embassies. 

The State Department has officially denied the assertions.

“This is absolutely wrong,” said Office of the Director of National Intelligence spokesman Shawn Turner. “We are not aware of any actionable intelligence indicating that an attack on the U.S. Mission in Benghazi was planned or imminent.”

Despite the government’s rejection, several pundits, including former Clinton advisor Dick Morris, are speculating that the story may be true. The rationale is that officials may be anonymously breaking with the White House version of the story because they’re angry at the loss of one of their own, as well as the President’s inaction before and after the attacks.

If it turns out to be accurate – if the State Department was warned and took no action – it will be one of the greatest scandals of the last five decades.