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One from February features an email in which foreign service officer Shawn P. Crowley wrote to Eric A. Nordstrom, then-chief security officer at the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, and others about the “lack of security” at the consulate in Benghazi.

“Apologies for being a broken record, but beginning tomorrow, Benghazi will be down two agents,” Mr. Crowley wrote, noting that “we have no drivers and new local guard contract employees have no experience driving armored vehicles.”

The State Department declined to comment on the documents.

In an email to The Washington Times, State Department spokesman Mark Toner pointed to the department’s recent establishment of an Accountability Review Board to review last month’s attack.

“An independent board is conducting a thorough review of the assault on our post in Benghazi,” he said. “Once we have the board’s comprehensive account of what happened, findings and recommendations, we can fully address these matters.”

Sen. John F. Kerry, Massachusetts Democrat and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations committee, criticized Mr. Issa’s release of the State Department cables, saying it was “irresponsible and inexcusable.”

The Obama administration also has criticized the release of the documents, saying it damages security agreements with militias in Libya and investigations into the fatal attack.