Libyan security shortfall alleged


A Republican congressman at the forefront of hearings into the killing of the US ambassador to Libya has attempted to directly tie the White House to security decisions that may have contributed to the disaster.

Jason Chaffetz has alleged that there was a “co-ordinated effort” between the White House and the US state department to scale down security at US diplomatic missions in Libya in the months before a militia attacked the American consulate in Benghazi on September 11th, killing the ambassador, Chris Stevens.

Mr Chaffetz’s allegation comes as a hearing by the House of Representatives oversight committee began into whether the US state department failed to heed warnings. – (Guardian service)