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5/21/2013 (1 year ago)

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Maxwell said he was scapegoated by his superiors.

A State Department official is speaking out following his demotion after he was scapegoated by his bosses in the aftermath of security failures in Libya. Raymond Maxwell, who served as deputy assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern Affairs, told the Daily Beast he had no involvement in security decisions.

An image of the destruction outside the U.S. embassy in Benghazi.

An image of the destruction outside the U.S. embassy in Benghazi.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

5/21/2013 (1 year ago)

Published in Politics & Policy

Keywords: Libya, Raymond Maxwell, scapegoat, security, Chris Stevens


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Raymond Maxwell, the former deputy assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern Affairs, says he was scapegoated by his superiors following security failures in Libya. However, he contended in an interview with the Daily Beast that he had no involvement in making security decisions.

Since he wasn't fired, only sidelined, or demoted, he had very little chance to offer any defense.

"They just wanted me to go away but I wouldn't just go away: Maxwell said. "I knew former U.S. Ambassador to Libya) Chris Stevens. Chris was a friend of mine."

Steven and three other Americans we killed in an organized and sophisticated terror attack in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012, which was launched to commemorate the 9/11 attacks in the U.S. and as retaliation for the killing of Osama bin Laden.

In the aftermath of those attacks, it became painfully obvious that security measures were not taken to ensure the safety of the diplomatic mission in Benghazi.

Prior to the attacks, Stevens and others called for increased security there and were ignored. At the time of the attacks, a special American team organized to respond to the situation was ordered to stand down.

After the attacks, the Obama administration spent weeks denying the attacks was staged by terrorists and sent the U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., Susan Rice to tell the international community that the attacks were spontaneous and sparked by a viral video, which depicted the Prophet Mohammed in a deceptive manner.

The reality, now known, is that the attack was a predicted, organized assault.

Maxwell says he was officially punished for "not reading his intel" on the situation in the region and taking measures to protect the mission there. However, Maxwell insists that he was not responsible for making security decisions.

Additionally, Maxwell said other whistle-blowers want to come forward to tell the truth of what happened in Libya.

The Obama administration denies that it has done anything inappropriate and that it did not know the mission in Benghazi was under terrorist attack when it happened.

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