Before the attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans, the U.S. mission had requested more security for the compound.
According to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform those requests by U.S. mission in Libya were denied by “officials in Washington.”
The revelation comes in a letter sent to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton from Republican committee member Rep. Jason Chaffetz and the Republican chair Rep. Darrell Issa.
“Based on information provided to the committee by individuals with direct knowledge of the events in Libya, the attack that claimed the ambassador’s life was the latest in a long line of attacks on Western diplomats and officials in Libya in the months leading up to Sept. 11, 2012,” the lawmakers write. “It was clearly never, as administration officials once insisted, the result of a popular protest.”
The letter goes on to detail a series of violent events dating back to April of 2012. In one incident, two RPG rounds were fired at the Benghazi office of the Red Cross. In another in June, “assailants placed an IED on the north gate of Consulate Benghazi, blowing a hole in the security perimeter.”
The lawmakers also allege that Stevens was threatened in June. On a pro-Ghadafi Facebook page, a posting directed users to attack Stevens during one of his morning runs through Tripoli.
Ultimately, Issa and Chaffetz are asking the State Department for more information, including what requests were made by the embassy in Tripoli and how State responded to them.
This story is still developing. We’ll update once we have more and certainly once the Obama administration has responded.