State Department security chief to resign amid Blackwater USA scandals

October 24, 2007 19:45

The State Department's security chief announced his resignation Wednesday in the aftermath of last month's deadly Blackwater USA shooting incident in Baghdad and growing questions about the use of private contractors in Iraq. Richard Griffin, Assistant Secretary of State for Diplomatic Security, announced his resignation decision at a weekly staff meeting, according to an internal informational e-mail sent to colleagues. "He read his letter of resignation at the weekly Diplomatic Security staff meeting," said the e-mail, which was read to The Associated Press by one its recipients. "There was no detailed reason provided and no effective date identified at this time."

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