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4 State Dept Officials Resign Or Were Relieved

From the Associated Press:

State Dept security chief resigns after Benghazi

By MATTHEW LEE | December 20, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — Four State Department officials resigned under pressure Wednesday, less than a day after a damning report blamed management failures for a lack of security at the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, where militants killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans on Sept. 11…

Obama administration officials said those who had stepped down included Eric Boswell, the assistant secretary of state for diplomatic security; Charlene Lamb, the deputy assistant secretary responsible for embassy security; and Raymond Maxwell, the deputy assistant secretary of state who oversees the Maghreb nations of Libya, Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco…

State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said the department had accepted the resignations of four people: Boswell as well as two others in the bureau of diplomatic security and one in the bureau of Near East Affairs…

In typical State Department fashion, even something as simple as this is confused. Here is what the New York Times claims:

4 Are Out at State Dept. After Scathing Report on Benghazi Attack

By MICHAEL R. GORDON and ERIC SCHMITT | December 19, 2012

WASHINGTON — Four State Department officials were removed from their posts on Wednesday after an independent panel criticized the “grossly inadequate” security at a diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, that was attacked on Sept. 11, leading to the deaths of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.

Eric J. Boswell, the assistant secretary of state for diplomatic security, resigned. Charlene R. Lamb, the deputy assistant secretary responsible for embassy security, and another official in the diplomatic security office whom officials would not identify were relieved of their duties. So was Raymond Maxwell, a deputy assistant secretary who had responsibility for North Africa.

The four officials, a State Department spokeswoman said, “have been placed on administrative leave pending further action.” …

So which is it? Did these officials resign or were they relieved of their duties? Perhaps we will never know.

It makes a big difference if they were relieved of their duties as opposed to just resigning, and not just to their pensions. After all, someone should be punished. A message should be sent. But we can’t even get a straight story about something as basic as this.

By the way, Charlene Lamb seemed like one of the good guys in this. She is the person who testified back in October that the State Department along with other intel agencies were able to watch the attack on the consulate in ‘near real time.’

Which made me suspect at the time that she would end up as a sacrificial lamb.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Thursday, December 20th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “4 State Dept Officials Resign Or Were Relieved”

  1. Resign or Relieved of their duties?

    In the political world, it makes no difference, as it’s just Recycling. They will be back, somewhere, somehow. You get demoted, you fall on your sword, then after a few months or so, you get your stripes back. There is ALWAYS a need in Washington for good sword-fallers.

  2. GetBackJack

    Hillary? Please. I don’t want to get on the bus.

    “You’re got getting on the bus …. you’re going under the bus …”




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