The sister of U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens, who was killed during an attack on the United States Mission in Benghazi in 2012, said on Tuesday she does not place any blame on then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Dr. Anne Stevens told The New Yorkerthat she places blame on Congress for not properly funding the State Department.
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Following years of investigations into the Benghazi attack, Stevens expressed frustration at how the attack and her brother's death has been politicized over the years.
"Every report I read that mentions him specifically has a political bent, an accusatory bent," she said.
When asked "Whom do you fault for the lack of security that resulted in the death of your brother, in Benghazi?" Stevens responded:
It is clear, in hindsight, that the facility was not sufficiently protected by the State Department and the Defense Department. But what was the underlying cause? Perhaps if Congress had provided a budget to increase security for all missions around the world, then some of the requests for more security in Libya would have been granted. Certainly the State Department is underbudgeted.
I do not blame Hillary Clinton or Leon Panetta. They were balancing security efforts at embassies and missions around the world. And their staffs were doing their best to provide what they could with the resources they had. The Benghazi Mission was understaffed. We know that now. But, again, Chris knew that. It wasn't a secret to him. He decided to take the risk to go there. It is not something they did to him. It is something he took on himself.
In regards to the current election cycle, Dr. Stevens added that her brother "had a lot of respect for Secretary Clinton. He admired her ability to intensely read the issues and understand the whole picture."
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