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Death of US Ambassador Raises Security Questions

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An exterior view of the U.S. consulate, which was attacked and set on fire by gunmen yesterday, in Benghazi September 12, 2012. Christopher Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to Libya, and three embassy staff were killed as they rushed away from the consulate building, stormed by al Qaeda-linked gunmen blaming America for a film that they said insulted the Prophet Mohammad. Stevens was trying to leave the consulate building for a safer location as part of an evacuation when gunmen launched an intense attack, apparently forcing security personnel to withdraw. REUTERS/Esam Al-Fetori (LIBYA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)

The death of Ambassador Chris Stevens has raised questions about how to keep foreign officials safe while still allowing them to do their jobs.

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Nick Dowling is president of security consulting firm, IDS International.

His firm is working in Libya.

Anchor Marco Werman asked him about the challenges of protecting diplomats in a country in transition.

"You cannot do diplomacy from behind a 6 foot wall," Nick Dowling said.

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