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US diplomat "mistaken" over Benghazi attack

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US diplomat "mistaken" over Benghazi attack


In the United States, a top diplomat tipped to replace Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State has admitted giving incorrect information about the US embassy attack in Libya.
UN Ambassador Susan Rice says she mistakenly claimed that September’s attack sprang from a protest.
But senators, including former presidential candidate John McCain, say she misled the public;
“We are significantly troubled by many of the answers that we got, and some that we didn’t get and whether Ambassador Rice was prepared or informed sufficiently in order to give the American people a correct depiction of the events that took place.”
The attack left four Americans dead, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens. Subsequent intelligence suggested it was linked to terrorism and Al Qaeda.
Republicans claim this was played down to avoid undermining the President’s claims of success in fighting al Qaeda in the run-up to the US election in November.

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