Security officers at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi claimed Tuesday that an employee who reported to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pressured them to be quiet about the lack of adequate security just before the 2012 terror attack in Libya.
Torres Advanced Enterprise Solutions employees Brad Owens and Jerry Torres told Fox News host Tucker Carlson Tuesday evening that they were told not to talk about the government scrambled to improve security at the compound just weeks before the attack.
They said the government hired a cut-rate security contractor called the Blue Mountain Group, which entered a bid that was 4 percent lower than the Torres bid.
"Blue Mountain U.K. is a teeny, tiny, little security company registered in Wales that had never had a diplomatic security contract, had never done any high threat contracts anywhere else in the world that we've been able to find, much less in high threat areas for the U.S. government. They had a few guys on the ground," Owens said.
They said Blue Mountain hired unarmed guards through a third company.
After it became clear security was still substandard, the State Department asked Torres to fix things, which Owens said was seen as an "admission of a the mistake" that the government hired the wrong company.
Torres said it would take three weeks to fix things, and 12 days later, the attack happened that killed four Americans.
Torres said the men were "absolutely" silenced by a senior State official who was close to Clinton.
Those "who made the poor choices that actually, I would say, were more responsible for the Benghazi attacks than anyone else, they're still in the same positions, making security choices for our embassies overseas now," Owens said.