State Department: Serious failures left Libya mission weak

Officials testify, request more funds

Posted: December 21, 2012 at 3:08 a.m.

Deputy Secretary of State William Burns (left), who is in charge of policy, and Deputy Secretary of State Thomas Nides, in charge of management, appear Thursday before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to answer questions about the attack on the consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

The State Department on Thursday acknowledged major weaknesses in security and errors in judgment exposed in a scathing independent report on the deadly Sept. 11 assault on a U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya. Two top State officials appealed to Congress to fully fund requests to ensure that diplomats and embassies are safe.

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