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U.S. to 'Close an Unspecified Number of Embassies Around the World' Due to 'Security Concerns'

3:03 PM, Aug 1, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
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MS. HARF: Right. And of course we would -- well, of course we were -- we are working to disclose all of the embassies to the people that either would be coming there or that have meetings there. That process will be ongoing throughout the rest of today. As you know, Sunday in many places is not a work day to begin with, and some places of course it is. So as I get more information, I'm happy to pass it along.

Q: So this is specifically Sunday, August 4th?

MS. HARF: Correct.

Q: Or is there a potential for extension or --

MS. HARF: It's specifically August 4th. It is possible we may have additional days of closing as well. Of course, depending on our analysis, individual U.S. embassies and consulates will announce whether or not they are open and whether they're implementing restrictions or other measures.

Q: And is there any significance -- we know around 9/11, embassies undergo review beforehand and there are steps put in place. Is there any significance attached to August 4th?

MS. HARF: I don't have any further details on specific threat information or anything of that nature. I would caution people, as I think we always do, for making any assumptions or drawing conclusions before there are more facts available.

Q: And is there -- you said that this happens from time to time. I'm paraphrasing your words, but you said that this is something that has happened before. When was the last time that something like this happened?

MS. HARF: I can get specific information for you. I don't have it in front of me. As different embassies or consulates around the world receive different information, I know we adjust our security posture accordingly. I can get some more specifics for you on when in the past this has happened as well. I just don't have that in front of me.


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