The Straits Times
Published on Sep 28, 2012

Lack of answers over Libya attack fuels criticism


NEW YORK (AFP) - The Obama administration has faced mounting criticism as top United States (US) officials revise on an almost daily basis their account of what happened in a deadly assault on a US mission in Libya.

With 40 days left until presidential elections pitting the Democratic incumbent Barack Obama against Republican rival Mitt Romney, the dramatic events of Sept 11, 2012 are pulsating through the campaign.

At its core are allegations that the State Department, and by implication the US administration, failed to protect its diplomats caught up in an hours-long siege of the US consulate in Benghazi.

State Department officials initially spoke of a "complex attack" triggered by anger at an anti-Islam Internet video, although they cautioned that the full facts of what had happened were not known.