If this is true, the Administration has a lot of explaining to do…
According to senior diplomatic sources, 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 and “lockdown”, under which movement is severely restricted.
Now, please note I said, “if.” This report comes from the Independent (UK) (had it been the Telegraph – which did report that the security was terrible in Benghazi, I’d be much more confident that it were true).
That said, the Administration did itself no favors with its reaction (Politico):
A U.S. official told POLITICO: “There’s no intelligence indicating that the attack in Benghazi was premeditated.”
Are they kidding? They’ve already leaked like a sieve to American media that the assassination of Ambassador Stevens was an al Qaeda operation. To suddenly deny that now makes the Indy look much more credible.
H/t to Rich Lowry for the Indy and Politico links.
Cross-posted to Virginia Virtucon