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In Fight Over Embassy Security Site, Virginia Leads Georgia

  • Associated Press

FILE - An exterior view shows the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, a day after it was attacked and set on fire September 11, 2012.

FILE - An exterior view shows the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, a day after it was attacked and set on fire September 11, 2012.

Three years after the Benghazi attack in Libya, the Obama administration and some Republicans in Congress are still fighting over where to build a training center for Diplomatic Security agents entrusted with guarding American embassies and consulates around the world.

A confidential government audit last week could help settle the case.

The 38-page report bolsters the State Department's argument for Fort Pickett, Virginia, within three hours of the capital, the Pentagon, headquarters of intelligence agencies and major military training sites. It says building the site at a Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Georgia could end up costing taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars more.

Several GOP lawmakers have insisted the site at Glynco, Georgia, would be cheaper.

The Associated Press obtained a copy of the Government Accountability Office's report.

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