CIA Benghazi team clash led to 'stand down' report

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Associated Press

Posted on December 14, 2013 at 5:30 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — CIA officers who testified privately to Congress about the 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya, revealed a disagreement about how quickly they could help the besieged U.S. ambassador and others.

That's according to a congressman and others who heard or were briefed on the testimony. The CIA officers also revealed a standing order to avoid violent encounters.

Complaints that the White House, Pentagon and State Department may not have done enough to save U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other men, along with accusations that it engaged in a cover up after the attack, have continued to dog the Obama administration.

None of those who testified said that a quicker response would have saved the lives of Stevens, Sean Smith, Tyrone Woods and Glenn Doherty.

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