Hillary: I'm to Blame for Bad Libya Security

Wall Street Journal sat on her mea culpa for days, got scooped

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 15, 2012 7:39 PM CDT | Updated Oct 16, 2012 10:45 AM CDT

(Newser) – With the White House facing pressure over security before the 9/11 Benghazi attack, Hillary Clinton has taken the blame. "I take responsibility," she said in a CNN interview last night in addressing the consulate strike that killed US Ambassador Chris Stevens. "I want to avoid some kind of political gotcha," she added. President Obama has been under fire since Joe Biden said in the VP debate that the administration knew nothing of requests to boost security at the Benghazi mission. State Department employees contradicted Biden, and the White House explained that the vice president didn't know about the requests because they were handled by the State Department.

Clinton made her remarks yesterday on a diplomatic trip to Peru, her first since the Libya attack, the AP reports. But Clinton had actually taken responsibility for the security problems in an interview with the Wall Street Journal last Wednesday—but the Journal didn't publish her comments until last night, despite the fact that there was no embargo keeping it from doing so, the Huffington Post reports. "I take responsibility," Clinton said in that interview. "I'm the Secretary of State with 60,000-plus employees around the world." It's odd that the Journal held the comments, writes Michael Calderone for HuffPo, especially considering Clinton made them on the day of a congressional hearing on Benghazi security.

Hillary Clinton in Washington, Friday, Oct. 12, 2012.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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