State Department staffer says he was scapegoated

A State Department staffer put on administrative leave after the Sept. 11, 2012, attack in Benghazi tells the Daily Beast that he was scapegoated by top officials.

“I had no involvement to any degree with decisions on security and the funding of security at our diplomatic mission in Benghazi,” Raymond Maxwell said. 

Because he has not actually been fired, Maxwell can't appeal the decision, and he says he has never been told why he was put on leave. He is one of four staffers who were disciplined following an independent report finding that Americans in Benghazi were not adequately protected.

The Accountability Review Board behind the report fixed blame or responsibility at the level of State Department assistant secretary. But a source told the Daily Beast that Maxwell was named in the classified version of the report and put on leave for that reason.

Maxwell wrote a poem in April that began,  “The Queen’s Henchmen/request the pleasure of your company/at a Lynching – to be held/at 23rd and C Streets NW/on Tuesday, December 18, 2012/just past sunset.”

23rd and C Street NW is the address of State Department headquarters.

Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.

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