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August 20th, 2013
05:35 PM ET

Analysis: No one is being held responsible for Benghazi

By Chief Washington Correspondent Jake Tapper

As of Tuesday, it became official – the Obama administration is holding no one responsible for what happened during the deadly attacks on the U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya.

Last fall it was only a matter of days after four Americans were killed in Benghazi before evidence appeared indicating that State Department officials paid insufficient attention to requests from diplomats and security personnel in Libya, desperately asking for additional security.

Around that time then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton put four State Department officials on administrative leave. Those four were invited back to work Tuesday, after Secretary of State John Kerry decided that they do not deserve any formal disciplinary action.
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August 20th, 2013
05:24 PM ET

Authorities seize 'treasure trove' of information on al Qaeda

U.S. and Yemeni authorities have reportedly obtained a recording of a seven-hour internet conference call between more than 20 al Qaeda leaders from around the globe, affectionately known as the "Legion of Doom" meeting by one intelligence official.

The recordings were pulled off a captured al Qaeda courier.

Newsweek/The Daily Beast reporter Josh Rogin broke the story with colleague Eli Lake.

Rogin said information on the recordings led to the shuttering of U.S. embassies two weeks ago.

"They discuss a bunch of issues, including this eminent, yet vague threat on U.S. interests that prompted the worldwide terror alert," said Rogin.
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