Clinton Says No 'Actionable Intelligence' on Benghazi Attack
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told reporters today the intelligence surrounding the threat to the U.S. consulate in Benghazi did not indicate that the consulate was under threat.
"With all of our missions overseas in advance in Sept. 11, as is done every year, we did an evaluation of threat streams," said Clinton. "The office of the director of National Intelligence has said we have no actionable intelligence that an attack on our post in Benghazi was planned or imminent."
Clinton's comments echo what United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice said ABC's This Week , where she said all indications were that extremists "hijacked" a "spontaneous" protest
The secretary said that the attacks are the work of extremists taking advantage of the widespread outrage over the anti-Muslim video being widely circulated on the Internet.
"There are extremists in all of these this societies and on the outside who are working to take advantage of broad outrage in order to incite violence and specifically incite violence against Americans and American facilities," she said.
Since the attack, which lasted nearly five hours and resulted in the deaths of four diplomats, including the U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens, questions have emerged about the security for both the consulate and the ambassador. Clinton gave further details about the measures taken, including a "robust" security presence inside the compound, which was surrounded by a wall.
"Let me assure our security in Benghazi included a unit of host government forces, as well as a local guard force of the kind that we rely on in many places around the world," Clinton told reporters.
Last Friday, State Department Spokesperson Victoria Nuland emphatically told reporters that none of the security provided at the Benghazi consulate were provided by a private security firm.
"All of the security in Libya has been done by Libyans, by American government personnel, and then to a very limited extent these individual contracts with individual security personnel, but there was never a contract with a company, and there was never a plan to have a contract with a company." she said.http://news.yahoo.com/clinton-says-no-actionable-intelligence-benghazi-attack-231248974--abc-news-politics.html