Making the rounds today is a report at (among other places) The Washington Free Beecon, that the Marines station at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo were not permitted to carry live ammunition:
U.S. Marines defending the American embassy in Egypt were not permitted by the State Department to carry live ammunition, limiting their ability to respond to attacks like those this week on the U.S. consulate in Cairo.
Ambassador to Egypt Anne Patterson “did not permit U.S. Marine guards to carry live ammunition,” according to multiple reports on U.S. Marine Corps blogs spotted by Nightwatch. “She neutralized any U.S. military capability that was dedicated to preserve her life and protect the US Embassy.”
All of this was sourced from a single report at NightWatch which based their reports on “marine blogs,” whatever that means. The story picked up steam today when it was featured on Drudge Report.
A Marine spokesman at Pentagon, Lt Col Chris Hughes, says these reports are false. He commented to Fox News on the record:
“The Ambassador and RSO have been completely and appropriately engaged with the security situation. No restrictions on weapons or weapons status have been imposed. This information comes from the Det Commander at AMEMB Cairo.”
I think we can put this one to bed now…