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Lieberman: Benghazi 'outlawed territory'

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Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman said Thursday that Benghazi, Libya was “a kind of outlawed territory” at the time a Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate there claimed the lives of four Americans.

The Connecticut independent told MSNBC the city was a popular hangout for al-Qaida-related groups and radical militias and that the place “was just teeming with weapons” seized from the (former) Gadhafi government.”

“It was a very dangerous brew,” he said.

Mr. Lieberman’s comments came national security and intelligence officials privately briefed his committee, which is investigating security and intelligence failures that lead to the attack that killed U.S. Ambassador to Libya J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. Officials from the Pentagon, the National Counterterrorism Center, the CIA and the State Department attended the close-door meeting at the Capitol.

Mr. Lieberman said that while he hasn’t reached an conclusions as to exactly what happened, “I worry that there was a lot of evidence here that was not adequately responded to.”

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