And, now, tonight, we have some answers to the question asked so often. Could anything have prevented the deaths of those americans in benghazi, libya? A stinging report has been released, and members... See More
And, now, tonight, we have some answers to the question asked so often. Could anything have prevented the deaths of those americans in benghazi, libya? A stinging report has been released, and members of secretary of state hillary clinton's team have begun to resign. Abc's senior foreign affairs correspondent martha raddatz has the truth behind the attack. Reporter: We know how horrible the attack was, how heroic the fight to save lives, how heavy the loss. But today, with this searing report, we now know what could have been done to try to prevent it. The independent review cited failure after failure. Security in benghazi, it was said, was "grossly inadequate," "was not a high priority" in washington where "repeated requests" for more security went unheeded. Frankly, the state department had not given benghazi the security, both physical and personnel resources, it needed. Reporter: And today, three state department officials paid the price. Resigning under pressure, eric boswell, assistant secretary for diplomatic security. His deputy, charlene lamb, responsible for embassy security. And an official from near east affairs. Secretary hillary clinton responded to the report by adopting every one of the 29 recommendations, including more marine guards and asking for more than a billion dollars to increase security worldwide. But that has not silenced her critics. Clinton is recovering from a serious concussion, after she fainted from the effects of a stomach virus. She cancelled her scheduled testimony about the report tomorrow, but a former u.N. Ambassador is implying she's faking it. When you don't want to go to a meeting or conference or event, you have a diplomatic illness, and this is one to beat the band. Reporter: The state department was furious about that statement today and strongly denied it. And I can tell you, from all accounts, diane, the secretary, indeed, has a serious concussion and remains at home. And will she eventually testify, martha? Reporter: Well, a senior republican aide on capitol hill today told abc news that she will be testifying by mid-january. There is a hearing tomorrow and her deputies will be testifying, but she will be on the hill by mid-january. All right, martha raddatz reporting in from washington.
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