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No actionable intelligence prior to Benghazi attack: US

September 15, 2012 00:33 IST

The United States termed as "false" reports that it had ignored advance intelligence about possible attacks on its diplomatic mission in Benghazi which left American ambassador to Libya dead.

"I have seen that report, and the story is absolutely wrong. We were not aware of any actionable intelligence indicating that an attack on the US mission in Benghazi was planned or imminent. That report is false," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters.

"There was no intelligence that in any way could have been acted on to prevent these attacks. The report suggested that there was intelligence that was available prior to this that led us to believe that this facility would be attacked, and that is false," Carney said.

Earlier, reports citing unnamed diplomatic sources said the State Department had credible information that its Benghazi mission could be attacked.

Ambassador Christopher Stevens was killed along with three other staff when a mob attacked the US consulate in Benghazi.

Lalit K Jha in Washington
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