Libya risk seen as high

The Obama administration was warned of the dangers in Libya:

Less than two months before the fatal attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, the State Department concluded that the risk of violence to diplomats and other Americans in Libya was high and that the weak U.S.-backed government in Tripoli could do little about it.

“The risk of U.S. Mission personnel, private U.S. citizens and businesspersons encountering an isolating event as a result of militia or political violence is HIGH,” a State Department security assessment from July 22 concludes.

But, according to security officer Eric Nordstrom, the administration was determined to give the impression that Libya was safe.

(Previous post.)

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