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Amid the belief that the attack in Benghazi was the work of premeditated terrorists, there's a report from the British newspaper The Independent saying the State Department had advance warning of an attack and decided not to do anything. A Department rep. called it "absolutely wrong."

The Independent reports the State Department knew about a potential threat on American diplomatic missions a full two days before anything happened but opted not to do anything:

According to senior diplomatic sources, the US State Department had credible information 48 hours before mobs charged the consulate in Benghazi, and the embassy in Cairo, that American missions may be targeted, but no warnings were given for diplomats to go on high alert and "lockdown", under which movement is severely restricted.

If the State Department did know about a threat in advance, this will ensure everyone will keep talking about foreign policy, and fuel the next round of attacks. But the State Department has already denied having any advanced knowledge of a threat in Benghazi to Politico:

Shawn Turner, spokesman for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, emailed: “This is absolutely wrong. We are not aware of any actionable intelligence indicating that an attack on the U.S. Mission in Benghazi was planned or imminent.”

Politico notes the Drudge Report gave the Independent's story the front page, red, bold faced treatment, but now that the State Department has denied the report where did he put Politico's story? Here, we found it: 


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