Libyan Police Reportedly Scouted US Consulate Before Attack

STR/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- There is mounting evidence that the deadly attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, was an inside job, based on a draft letter reported by ForeignPolicy.com, a Washington Post company.

According to the website, a letter was written to the Libyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Benghazi by a member of the American staff at the consulate about someone from the local police force taking photographs of the building on Sept. 11.

Later that day, the consulate came under a well-coordinated assault that led to the deaths of four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens.

Based on the observations of a guard, the letter said in part "a member of the police force was seen in the upper level of a building across from our compound.  It is reported that this person was photographing the inside of the U.S. special mission and furthermore that this person was part of the police unit sent to protect the mission."

Meanwhile, another draft letter from two days earlier bitterly complained that extra security requested of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that included round-the-clock police protection and a police explosive detection dog was not provided.

It was unclear whether the letters were actually sent, according to the reporters from ForeignPolicy.com who found them.

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