State official resigns amid Blackwater woes

Assistant secretary of state gives no reason for his departure.

Published October 24, 2007 6:20PM (EDT)

Amid a sea of questions over lax oversight over private security companies -- and just one day after Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice ordered stepped-up internal measures -- the man who had been in charge of security for the State Department has announced his resignation.

Richard Griffin, the assistant secretary of state for diplomatic security, announced his resignation at a weekly staff meeting earlier today, the AP is reporting. He didn't say he wanted to spend more time with his family. Indeed, as the AP reports, he didn't give any reason for his resignation at all.

By Salon Staff

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