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Map Shows State Dept. Official Gave Misleading Testimony to Congress

A Project On Government Oversight investigation shows that a top State Department official delivered inaccurate and misleading testimony to a Senate panel in July, when he dismissed concerns about security at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul. Undersecretary of State Patrick Kennedy, who oversees diplomatic security, said “the proof is in the pudding” and the contractor now responsible for protecting the embassy had proven itself by twice rebuffing enemy attacks on the compound. The events he described never happened.

The infographic above shows that the two recent attacks near the embassy were too far away to involve security personnel from the embassy. (Click here to see a larger version of the infographic.)

Read more about Kennedy's statement in an article by POGO's David Hilzenrath.

And don't miss POGO's new report on problems with the security at the U.S. Embassy including chronic understaffing of the guard force.

By: Andre Francisco
Former Online Producer, POGO

andre francisco At the time of publication, Andre Francisco was the Online Producer for the Project On Government Oversight.

Topics: Contract Oversight

Related Content: Contractor Accountability, Defense, Embassy Guards, Infographics, Private Security Contractors, State Department

Authors: Andre Francisco

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