Diplomatic Security's Top Agent Leaves Office After Scathing Benghazi Report

The director of the security service is among those ousted from office following a review into the Benghazi attacks.


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The list of top State Department officials ousted from office following a scathing review of the Benghazi attack now includes the director of Diplomatic Security, U.S. News has learned.

Four senior officials left their posts last week in the wake of an Advisory Review Board report that identified "systematic failures and leadership and management deficiencies at senior levels within two bureaus of the State Department." Obama administration officials identified three of the leaders to the Associated Press.

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The fourth leader is Scott Bultrowicz, the director of the Diplomatic Security Service and principal deputy assistant secretary for Diplomatic Security, a State Department official tells U.S. News.

A senior ranking Diplomatic Security officer passed the message to State Department employees on Friday morning. Bultrowicz was the most senior special agent within DSS and responsible for the bureau's international and domestic operations and training.

The State Department declined to comment on Bultrowicz's status specifically.

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"The ARB identified the performance of four officials, three in the Bureau of the Diplomatic Security and one in the Bureau of Near East Asia Affairs," says spokeswoman Victoria J. Nuland in a statement. "The Secretary has accepted Eric Boswell's decision to resign as Assistant Secretary for Diplomatic Security, effective immediately. The other three individuals have been relieved of their current duties. All four individuals have been placed on administrative leave pending further action."

Other ousted leaders include Charlene Lamb, the deputy assistant secretary responsible for embassy security, and Raymond Maxwell, the deputy assistant secretary of state who oversees the Maghreb nations of Libya, Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco, according to the AP.

Bultrowicz' bio page on the State Department website is down. Another page outlining Diplomatic Security Senior Leadership lists his position as "VACANT," along with the positions of Boswell and Lamb.

Paul D. Shinkman is a national security reporter for U.S. News & World Report. You can follow him on Twitter or reach him at pshinkman@usnews.com.