'Worst Outsourcing Ever': State Dept Emails Reveal Disarray in Benghazi
New details are coming out about the security situation at the U.S. consulate that was attacked on Sept. 11, 2012 in Benghazi.
According to newly released State Department emails, the security at the facility was in disarray before the attack that killed four Americans.
The guard force at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi was in such disarray prior to the 2012 terrorist attack that the security status there was described as an “emergency” just three hours before the assault that left four Americans dead, according to State Department emails.
The emails also suggest the security contractor responsible for protecting State Department personnel there did not have a valid operating license.
"These documents show the situation in terms of security was toxic on September 11, 2012," Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton told Fox News. Judicial Watch obtained the emails through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.
"The State Department didn't know what to do about security, all this was happening literally hours before the attack," he said.
Kris Paronto, who worked as a security contractor at the CIA annex at the time, reacted this morning on "America's Newsroom."
In his mind, this is not a new revelation because he and others were telling the State Department about the poor security situation for months.
Even though it was September 11th, Paronto said the security details were "business as usual" and the security at the compound where Amb. Chris Stevens died was "poor."
Bill Hemmer asked how this could have happened. Paronto said it appeared to be the "worst outsourcing ever," adding he can't figure out the reasons behind it.
Paronto said he and other contractors told people that more security was needed, but said their opinions were not taken seriously.
He said the February 17 Brigade - a local militia that was guarding the consulate - was not properly vetted and was not trusted enough to carry out security at the CIA annex.
Watch the full interview above.