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News reports from Nairobi hinted at personnel problems between the retired military officer and diplomats who apparently did not like taking orders.

Three U.S. diplomats, who refused to be identified, told the Associated Press that Mr. Gration’s “my way or the highway” style conflicted with how civilian embassy employees are used to doing their jobs.

The AP also said Mr. Gration read an advance copy of the State Department report before submitting his resignation to Mr. Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

In his resignation statement, Mr. Gration appeared to defend himself against the State Department report, due to be released later this month.

“I am very proud of my 35-year career of dedicated and honorable service to our great nation, leading at all times with integrity first and the highest ethical standards,” he said.

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