State Dept. Official Told Security Contractor to Ignore Inquiries on Benghazi Attack

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    New documents obtained by the Washington D.C. watchdog group Judicial Watch show a State Department official ordered an executive at the security company in charge of protecting the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya not to respond to media inquiries regarding the September 11, 2012 attack on the compound.

    One of the documents is a September 26, 2012 email from a State Department contracting officer named Jan Visintainer to an unnamed executive at Blue Mountain Group (BMG), the British company hired to secure the U.S. mission in Benghazi. Visintainer writes: “Thank you so much for informing us about the media inquiries. We notified our public affairs personnel that they too may receive some questions. We concur with you that at the moment the best way to deal with the inquiries is to either be silent or provide no comments.”

    Some of the requested documents, according to JW, were redacted or not included. In one instance, Visintainer received a cryptic email just two days before the attack from a redacted source with an attachment. This attachment was not given to JW by the State Department.

    The e-mail exchange, received much attention from the State Department and BMG, which may show the exchange contained a specific concern or warning about the U.S. compound's security weaknesses. Fox News reported around the same time of the Sept. 26 email that Visintainer did not want to intervene in a dispute between security personnel on the ground in Benghazi after complaints arose the security agreement with BMG would not work.

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