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A failure of journalistic responsibility

The Post’s Oct. 25 article, “E-mails show State named militant group on night of Libya attack,” reported that the State Department notified the White House that terrorists overran the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, about a half-hour after the attack began on ­Sept. 11. It was also known that there was no demonstration at the mission — just the 20 attackers who were heavily armed. Congressional hearings have also revealed that Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and his staff sought additional security, especially in light of earlier attacks on the mission, but were turned down. 

Thiss report should have been front-page news. It is just one more piece of evidence that the White House failed to provide adequate protection for its diplomats and then tried to cover up the failure of the president’s policy in the Middle East. Al-Qaeda is spreading, Iran is very close to achieving a nuclear weapon and American diplomats, embassies and ordinary citizens are under attack in many countries. The Post’s minimal coverage of Benghazi-gate and what it represents is a failure of its journalistic responsibility.

Bernhard Saxe, Springfield

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