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State Department Resignations Follow Report On Benghazi


There has been a shake up at the State Department following an inquiry showing systemic failure to manage security before September's deadly attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.

Three State Department officials have resigned on Wednesday, CNN and Fox News have confirmed.

Eric Boswell and Charlene Lamb, who were in charge of security decisions at diplomatic outpost in eastern Libya, have stepped down. Boswell was serving as the assistant secretary of state for diplomatic security, while Lamb was the deputy assistant secretary responsible for embassy security.

A third official in the Near East Affairs bureau has also resigned.

Earlier today, the independent Accountability Review Board said leadership and management deficiencies at senior levels within the State Department resulted in a security posture that was "grossly inadequate" to deal with the terrorist attack that resulted in the deaths of four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens.

Outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton accepted the Board's 29 recommendations to prevent a similar incident in the future.

Clinton was scheduled to testify before the House and Senate Foreign Affairs Committees on Thursday, but that hearing has been postponed as she recovers from concussion symptoms and a stomach ailment.

by RTTNews Staff Writer

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