Thomas R. Nides, deputy secretary of  state for management and resources, testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012. Nides said that he was in the room with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton after the attack on the embassy and that her first priority was trying to save lives. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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Thomas R. Nides, deputy secretary of state for management and resources, testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012. Nides said that he was in the room with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton after the attack on the embassy and that her first priority was trying to save lives. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)