U.S. audit: Benghazi review wasn't biased

Sep 25, 2013, 1:37 PM EDT
Thomas Pickering, chairman of the Benghazi Accountability Review Board, appears before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on the Benghazi attacks in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on September 19, 2013.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — A State Department audit has found that an investigation of the deadly attack on the Benghazi, Libya diplomatic post was unbiased. But it says weaknesses persist in how the U.S. identifies threats overseas.

The assessment by the department's inspector general backs up the Benghazi review chaired by former Ambassador Thomas Pickering and former Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen, which GOP members of Congress have criticized as lacking independence.

The inspector general says the process is "without bias," but criticized the State Department's risk management and incomplete implementation of security recommendations after previous embassy and consulate attacks.

The audit does say that progress has been made since Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed in Libya on Sept. 11, 2012.