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State Department Says One Official Resigns After Libya Report

Dec. 19 (Bloomberg) -- An assistant secretary in charge of diplomatic security resigned and three other officials were placed on administrative leave after an independent panel held them partly responsible for lax security at the Libya mission that was attacked, a State Department spokeswoman said.

The State Department accepted the resignation of Eric Boswell, the assistant secretary for diplomatic security, effective immediately, spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said today in a statement. The other three officials, whom she didn’t name, have been relieved of their current duties, she said.

The report of the Accountability Review Board, appointed by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, found “grossly inadequate” security at the U.S. mission in Libya before a deadly attack by militants on Sept. 11 that killed four Americans.

To contact the reporter on this story: David Lerman in Washington at dlerman1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Larry Liebert at lliebert@bloomberg.net

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