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“He made it his business to travel all over the country, but he made regular trips back to Benghazi to check on how things were going in the east, and he was on one of those regularly scheduled trips when these events happened.”

U.S. officials have said a force of locally contracted Libyan guards was stationed outside the consulate in Benghazi, as is standard practice, and there was a “robust security presence” inside.

Contractor hired guards

Ms. Nuland revealed Tuesday that a British company called Blue Mountain had been responsible for contracting the Libyan guards who worked inside the consulate grounds “doing things like operating the security access equipment, screening the cars, that kind of thing.”

A posting on Blue Mountain’s website says the company’s recent tasks have ranged from offering “close protection for high net worth businessmen in London” to “protection of media teams operating in Yemen and in Libya.”

The Obama administration acknowledged over the weekend that no Marines were stationed in Libya at the time of the Benghazi attack.

The Pentagon has since deployed platoons of roughly 50 Marines to Libya and Yemen.

And, in addition to President Obama’s order last week for security to be raised at U.S. diplomatic posts worldwide, the State Department has, in recent days, issued new travel warnings for several Middle Eastern nations, including Libya, Yemen, Algeria, Sudan and Lebanon.