State Department: No Protest at Benghazi Consulate

Contradicts earlier admin accounts of 9/11/12 attack


There was no protest outside the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, prior to the terrorist attack that killed four Americans, the State Department confirmed Tuesday.

Josh Rogin of Foreign Policy reports:

Prior to the attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi late in the evening on Sept. 11, there was no protest outside the compound, a senior State Department official confirmed today, contradicting initial administration statements suggesting that the attack was an opportunistic reaction to unrest caused by an anti-Islam video.

In a conference call with reporters Tuesday, two senior State Department officials gave a detailed accounting of the events that lead to the death of Amb. Chris Stevens and three other Americans. The officials said that prior to the massive attack on the Benghazi compound by dozens of militants carrying heavy weaponry, there was no unrest outside the walls of the compound and no protest that anyone inside the compound was aware of.