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It is not unusual for U.S. diplomats to keep business hours in line with those of their host nations and, in the Muslim world, Friday is typically treated like a Sunday in the United States.

But Mrs. Clinton said U.S. officials also “want to be sure that law enforcement in Indonesia has the ability to do what it needs to do to make sure that there is no disruption of civil order and security.”

With regard to the developments involving Libya, Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns appeared Thursday in the capital city of Tripoli for a ceremony honoring Mr. Stevens and the three other Americans killed last week.

“We have lost four wonderful colleagues,” Mr. Burns told Libyans gathered for the ceremony. “We have lost a brilliant ambassador, full of courage and skill and passionate determination to help Libyans, to help all of you, realize the promise of your revolution, to make a reality of a free Libya.”

Mr. Burns added that “neither Chris Stevens nor our three other fallen colleagues were naive. They were not blind in their optimism. They knew the troubles Libyans faced and the risks they had to endure.”

Al Qaeda speculation

On Wednesday, Matthew Olsen, director of the National Counterterrorism Center, told the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee that the Benghazi assault was “an opportunistic attack,” although he repeated the Obama administration’s assertion that it was not a premeditated assault.

Mr. Olsen said those involved in the violent assault appeared to have come from several militant groups, including affiliates of al Qaeda.

Intelligence officials Thursday dismissed a news report that had suggested the attack may have been masterminded by a man who was once held by U.S. authorities at the U.S. Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

“It is safe to assume that any significant extremist in Eastern Libya is going to be under a lot of scrutiny right now,” a U.S. intelligence official told The Times. But, the official added, “Any suggestion that a leading suspect or ‘mastermind’ of the attack has been identified at this point is premature.”

Accountability review

Federal law requires the secretary of state to convene an “accountability review board” to conduct an examination in the event of an attack on a U.S. embassy or diplomatic post like the one that occurred in Benghazi.

Mrs. Collins asserted Wednesday that it is “imperative that a nonpolitical, no-holds-barred examination be conducted” and that it must be conducted by “an independent entity like the inspector general.”

But accountability review boards formed in the past have tended to include sobering and nonpolitical revelations about the security posture of U.S. diplomats.

Such revelations have generally taken about six months to come to the fore and have a tendency of being ignored by officials after the initial media frenzy surrounding an attack like the one in Benghazi has subsided.

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