Defense Secretary Leon Panetta threw his support Sunday behind the nominee to replace him, former Sen. Chuck Hagel, and said the United States didn’t have enough time to respond to the fatal Benghazi attacks.

The outgoing Panetta answered a wide range of questions in what were essentially exit interviews on CNN and NBC.

Panetta said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” the U.S. had intelligence about activity among extremist groups but “didn’t have enough time” to respond.

He said on CNN’s “State of the Union” that the Obama administration had no warning about the attack, despite U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens’ requests in the prior weeks for more security.

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