Nov 1, 2012 Comments Off on Report: U.S. Staff Reported Libyan Policeman Photographing Consulate on Morning Before Benghazi Attack, Security Breach Pat Dollard
Excerpted from THE BLAZE: Adding to the security concerns that were building up to the bloody attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, an Arabic television station revealed new information on the lax security there, including a major breach took place at the consulate early in the morning of the fateful day.
Alaan TV based in the United Arab Emirates on Wednesday reported that in letters it obtained that were found inside the consulate – written by American staffers serving there and addressed to the Libyan Foreign Ministry and Benghazi police chief – security breaches were reported.
The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), which translated the report, writes:
According to the letters, not only had a Libyan policeman photographed the compound 15 hours prior to the attack, but the Libyan government had not provided the security at the consulate requested by the consular staff prior to Ambassador Chris Stevens’ arrival in Benghazi. According to the report, the letter stated, “We are saddened to report that we have only received an occasional police presence at our main gate. Many hours pass when we have no police support at all.”
Alaan TV reports the letters were found in the “Tactical Operations Center building” of the consulate. From its television report:
“In the letters, the Americans complained about an incident that occurred on the morning of September 11, an incident they described as ‘troubling.’ The letters read as follows: ‘Early this morning, on September 11, 2011 [sic], at precisely 06:43, one of our diligent guards made a troubling report. Near our main gate, a member of the police force was seen in the upper level of a building across from our compound. It is reported that this person, who belongs to the police unit sent to protect the U.S. Special Mission, was photographing the inside of the U.S. consulate.’