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White House: Senate report doesn't change Benghazi conclusions

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The White House on Wednesday said that a long-awaited Senate Intelligence Committee report on the Benghazi attacks did not change the administration's conclusions on the deadly consulate attack.

Press secretary Jay Carney said that the report reaffirmed that the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi should have had more security ahead of the deadly September 2012 attack which killed four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens.

"This reinforces what other investigations have found, which is that there was not security to protect the four Americans who lost their lives," Carney told reporters aboard Air Force One en route to North Carolina, where President Obama will deliver an economic address.

The Senate Intelligence Committee released its bipartisan report on Benghazi on Wednesday, finding that the American deaths were “preventable” and faulting the State Department and intelligence community for not doing more in the run up to the attack.

The report said there was ample evidence that U.S. personnel in the country were in danger, citing multiple threats and prior attacks against Western interests in Libya.

The panel’s report also found that the talking points used by top administration officials after the attack wrongly blamed a protest over an anti-Islam video as the cause. The panel, tough, blamed the intelligence community for not having enough resources on the ground and for failing to quickly correct the mistaken talking points.

Benghazi sparked a firestorm of controversy, with congressional Republicans arguing that the administration did not do enough to protect the consulate and questioning of officials waited too long to identify it as a terror attack.

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