State Dept. ignored requests for guards and safety upgrades in Libya, independent inquiry finds

The New York Times is reporting tonight that an independent inquiry into the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11 places the brunt of the blame on the State Department for ignoring requests for guards and relying on local militias for protection.

The panel that conducted the inquiry suggested 29 improvements to prevent future incidents, all of which were accepted by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in a letter to Congress. Clinton, who was scheduled to testify on Benghazi Thursday, is asking for $1.3 billion to make improvements in overseas security.

The unclassified version of the report is available as a PDF from the State Department website.

Update:

If you’re pressed for time, others are offering their condensed versions of the report.

More from Richard Grenell, former U.S. spokesman at the United Nations:

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