10/03/2012 04:45 pm ET Updated Oct 03, 2012

Washington Post's Michael Birnbaum: 'Sensitive Documents' Left At U.S. Consulate In Libya

There were sensitive documents left behind at the U.S. consulate in Libya three weeks after the compound was attacked, the Washington Post's Michael Birnbaum reported Wednesday.

Four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, were recently killed in a deadly attack on the consulate. Stevens' personal journal was found by CNN three days after the attack, with journalists raising concerns about the lack of security at the site.

Birnbaum's latest report will surely exacerbate those worries. He described:

Documents detailing weapons collection efforts, emergency evacuation protocols, the full internal itinerary of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens’s trip and the personnel records of Libyans who were contracted to secure the mission were among the items scattered across the floors of the looted compound when a Washington Post reporter and a translator visited Wednesday.

Birnbaum said that the gates to the compound were locked days after the attack, but that documents could have disappeared in the interim and that the current security detail consists of two private security guards.

He noted that the documents found Wednesday were not classified and the State Department did not request that they be withheld from publication. Some of the documents did reveal the personal information of the Libyans hired to guard the consulate, Birnbaum wrote, and those individuals and the State Department have expressed concerns about their safety.



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