Brit Paper Says US Ignored Warnings of Violence
But US officials deny report in the 'Independent'
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 14, 2012 6:30 AM CDT
A burnt car sits in front of US consulate in Benghazi, Libya.   (AP Photo/Mohammad Hannon)

(Newser) – British newspaper the Independent has caused a ruckus by giving huge play to allegations that the US ignored warnings that American sites would come under attack this week. Quoting anonymous sources, it declares: "The US State Department had credible information 48 hours before mobs charged the consulate in Benghazi, and the embassy in Cairo, that American missions may be targeted, but no warnings were given for diplomats to go on high alert." The Drudge Report is giving the story prominent play, too.

US officials quickly denied the report. “This is absolutely wrong. We are not aware of any actionable intelligence indicating that an attack on the US Mission in Benghazi was planned or imminent," a intelligence spokesman tells Politico. The British story speculates that al-Qaeda planned the attack in advance, possibly in retaliation for a drone strike that killed a top operative from Libya.

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Sep 14, 2012 10:56 AM CDT
How could be so? Wasn't the empty chair present at all those security briefings each and every day taking copious notes?
Sep 14, 2012 9:57 AM CDT
It's so sad that on a tragic occasion like this one, the majority of Newser poster still shriek abuses at their opponents like immature brats. Even if this had happened on George W's watch, he couldn't be blamed. 9/11 anniversaries have elevated security levels automatically.. What else can be done?
Sep 14, 2012 9:03 AM CDT
Bozo Oblamer - I wonder who he is going to blame this mess on?? What an incompetent fool.