GOP Senators Demand Final Cables From Murdered Ambassador

Wednesday, 26 Sep 2012 10:16 AM

By Martin Gould

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The final cables from murdered U.S. ambassador Chris Stevens should be made available to Senators, two GOP members of the Upper Chamber are demanding.

The pair, Sens. Johnny Isakson of Georgia and Bob Corker of Tennessee said in a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton they are “extremely concerned about conflicting reports over the events leading up to the attacks,” that killed Stevens and three others in the Libyan city of Benghazi.

“Specifically, we are concerned over the apparent lack of security preparations made despite a demonstrable increase in risks to U.S. officials and facilities in Benghazi in the period leading up to the attacks,” the senators, both members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, wrote in their Tuesday letter.

CNN has reported that Stevens wrote in his personal diary that he was becoming increasingly concerned for his safety in the days before the Sept. 11 Benghazi attack that killed him.

The two senators write in their letter to Clinton, “Libyan officials claim that they met with U.S. officials regarding rising threats against Western officials in the days leading up to the attacks, and CNN reports that Ambassador Stevens was increasingly concerned over the deteriorating security situation in Benghazi and rising levels of Islamist extremism.

“Despite these warnings, the State Department sought and received a waiver from the standard security requirements for the consulate.”

Isakson and Corker point out that a review of the assault on the Benghazi consulate will be made available later this year, but say “we must insist on more timely information.”

“To that end, we request that you transmit to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee all communications between the U.S. Mission to Libya and the State Department relevant to the security situation in Benghazi in the period leading up to the attacks, including, but not limited to, cables sent from Ambassador Stevens.”

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