On Sept. 11, Stevens did not leave the compound because of security fears due to the 9/11 anniversary. He had arrived in Benghazi the day before with five guards in total. Two additional Diplomatic Security agents from Tripoli were with him in addition to the three agents normally detailed to the compound.
Though some administration officials had initially said that the attack grew out of protests over an anti-Muslim film, the senior State Department official told reporters today that "nothing was out of the ordinary" on the night of the attack.
At 8:30 p.m., the ambassador said goodnight to a visiting Turkish diplomat outside the compound and the streets were empty. But at 9:40 p.m., noises, gunfire and an explosion were heard by the agents located in the TOC and Building B.
The agent in the TOC looked at one of the camera feeds monitoring the perimeter and saw a large group of armed men entering the compound. Asked about the initial reports of the protests, the official said that while "others" in the administration may have said there were protests, the State Department did not.
"That was not our conclusion," the official said.
So Hillary's folks are denying ever concluding the video was causative? That seems to leave Obama out there twisting in the breeze. She'll almost certainly have to walk that yarn back a bit, I'd suspect. Nonetheless, questions will have to arise as to WTF Rice was doing on the talk circuit and who ordered her to do it. Not pretty!
Then we hear on Sept. 11, Stevens did not leave the compound because of security fears due to the 9/11 anniversary, but supposedly the Administration was unaware of threats? I'll bet Stevens would have preferred Obama not approach his national security briefings leading up to 9/11 with the same laziness he did his debate prep.
This post was edited on 10/10 at 7:28 am