3 State Dept. Officials Resign Over Benghazi Report

Chief of the department's security service steps down

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 19, 2012 11:22 AM CST

(Newser) – The report criticizing State Department management for lax security ahead of the Benghazi attack has led to three quick resignations today, reports the AP. The top name is that of Eric Boswell, who oversaw diplomatic security for the department. One of his deputies, Charlene Lamb, and an unnamed official from the department's Bureau of Near East Affairs also stepped down. The report is the subject of closed-door hearings on Capitol Hill today, to be followed by public hearings tomorrow. Two of Hillary Clinton's top deputies are testifying in her place as she recovers from a concussion.

In this Sept. 12 photo, Libyans walk on the grounds of the gutted U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
In this Sept. 12 photo, Libyans walk on the grounds of the gutted U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.   (AP Photo/Ibrahim Alaguri)
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