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The worldwide protests in connection with the atrocious video clip posted on YouTube have also managed to bury the brutal revenge killing of the American Ambassador in Libya. In The Independent Kim Sengupta reveals that the “killings of the US ambassador to Libya and three of his staff were likely to have been the result of a serious and continuing security breach, The Independent can reveal. American officials believe the attack was planned, but Chris Stevens had been back in the country only a short while and the details of his visit to Benghazi, where he and his staff died, were meant to be confidential”.[1]

Rather than the accidental outcome of popular outrage over an admittedly atrocious video clip, the brutal murder of Stevens seems to have been a pre-planned revenge killing. Turns out that Stevens had been more than just pleased with the murder of Colonel Gadhafi, instead giving an emphatic thumbs up looking at the erstwhile Libyan strongman’s abused dead body. And now, the Ambassador has suffered a similar fate. Coincidence or poetic justice or simply revenge eventually executed???  Sengupta continues that the “US administration is now facing a crisis in Libya. Sensitive documents have gone missing from the consulate in Benghazi and the supposedly secret location of the “safe house” in the city, where the staff had retreated, came under sustained mortar attack. Other such refuges across the country are no longer deemed “safe”. Some of the missing papers from the consulate are said to list names of Libyans who are working with Americans, putting them potentially at risk from extremist groups, while some of the other documents are said to relate to oil contracts. According to senior diplomatic sources, the US State Department had credible information 48 hours before mobs charged the consulate in Benghazi, and the embassy in Cairo, that American missions may be targeted, but no warnings were given for diplomats to go on high alert and “lockdown”, under which movement is severely restricted. Mr Stevens had been on a visit to Germany, Austria and Sweden and had just returned to Libya when the Benghazi trip took place with the US embassy’s security staff deciding that the trip could be undertaken safely”.[2]  This sounds eerily like what happened in 2001, when the White House had been warned of an imminent attack involving hijacked planes but nothing was done and no precautions were taken. Does this point to a certain amount of hybris on the part of U.S. officials or is this just another case of opportunities missed???

Sengupta then reveals the kicker: “There is growing belief that the attack was in revenge for the killing in a drone strike in Pakistan of Mohammed Hassan Qaed, an al-Qa’ida operative who was, as his nom-de-guerre Abu Yahya al-Libi suggests, from Libya, and timed for the anniversary of the 11 September attacks”.[3]  And the anti-Muslim video protests just happened to take place at the same time.


[1] Kim Sengupta, “Revealed: inside story of US envoy’s assassination” The Independent (14 September 2012). http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/politics/revealed-inside-story-of-us-envoys-assassination-8135797.html.

[2] Kim Sengupta, “Revealed: inside story of US envoy’s assassination”.

[3] Kim Sengupta, “Revealed: inside story of US envoy’s assassination”.

Comments on: "Death of an Ambassador: Chris Stevens’ Story" (1)

  1. I have a blog about this on myspace and facebook, it is titled the POWER of One F18 Hornet and this ambassador and those retired navy seals might be alive today. Just sending one jet at the right time would have given them enough time for safety, the blog is only a few sentences from me the rest is from Bing West and updated as news flows from this incident it has over 8 links now to articles about this tragic oversight by our government not to do more. Just 1 F18 dispatched

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