Se­cu­rity short­com­ings at diplo­matic posts


The top watch­dog for the US State Depart­ment warned that US per­son­nel over­seas re­main at “in­creased risk” due to se­cu­rity short­com­ings at diplo­matic posts, in­clud­ing the “egre­gious” use of ware­houses that don’t meet se­cu­rity stan­dards for of­fice space. Steve Linick, In­spec­tor Gen­eral for the Depart­ment, tes­ti­fied dur­ing the sec­ond pub­lic hear­ing of the spe­cial House Com­mit­tee re­view­ing the 2012 ter­ror at­tack in Beng­hazi, Libya.

Re­view­ing the find­ings of his of­fice’s au­dits since that at­tack, he cited sev­eral ar­eas of con­cern. Chief among them were con­cerns about the phys­i­cal se­cu­rity stan­dards at over­seas posts, in­clud­ing how the depart­ment was us­ing “ware­house space” and other re­mote fa­cil­i­ties for of­fices that did not com­ply with stan­dards. This, he said, “places per­son­nel at great risk.”

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