Hillary Clinton Testifies That Ambassador Stevens “Joked About Security”

During afternoon testimony, Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN) asked Clinton about an email dated Dec. 15, 2011 in which Stevens asked an official about security at the Benghazi compound, and whether the State Department had decided to close it.

Clinton responded: “Well, Congresswoman, one of the great attributes that Chris Stevens had was a really good sense of humor and I just see him smiling as he’s typing this because it’s clearly in response to the e-mail down below talking about picking up a few ‘fire sale items from the Brits.’”


Does this sound like he was joking?

One of the men who was in charge of security for U.S. diplomats in Libya says he feared for their safety long before the attack last month on the consulate in Benghazi. Four Americans were killed in the attacks on the Libyan consulate, including Ambassador Chris Stevens.

The concerned military security officer and Army green beret, Lt. Colonel Andrew Wood, will tell his story to Congress on Wednesday. …

Wood met daily with Stevens to discuss security. He says the ambassador was concerned about security.

He was constantly concerned about the threats to not just himself but the entire staff there,” Wood said.

Wood said that there was a visible security drawdown while he was in Libya. Pressure came from the higher headquarters at the State Department.

“It began shortly after I arrived,” he said. “There was pressure to reduce the number of security people there.”