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Obama Administration Mad at CNN for Screwing up the ‘Libyan Ambassador’s Death Cover-up’ !!

September 24, 2012

(CNN) — Three days after he was killed, CNN found a journal belonging to late U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens. The journal was found on the floor of the largely unsecured consulate compound where he was fatally wounded.

CNN notified Stevens’ family about the journal within hours after it was discovered and at the family’s request provided it to them via a third party.

The journal consists of just seven pages of handwriting in a hard-bound book.

CORRECTION
An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated when CNN found the journal belonging to late Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens. The journal was found three days after the fatal attack on the Benghazi consulate.
For CNN, the ambassador’s writings served as tips about the situation in Libya, and in Benghazi in particular. CNN took the newsworthy tips and corroborated them with other sources.

A source familiar with Stevens’ thinking told CNN earlier this week that, in the months leading up to his death, the late ambassador worried about what he called the security threats in Benghazi and a rise in Islamic extremism.

Stevens died on September 11, along with three other Americans, when the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi came under attack amid a large protest about a U.S.-made film that mocked the Muslim Prophet Mohammed.

The California-born Stevens joined the Peace Corps and attended law school before joining the Foreign Service, the career diplomatic corps, in 1991, according to his State Department biography.

He spent most of his career in the Middle East and North Africa, including postings to Israel, Egypt, Syria and Saudi Arabia, in addition to serving as the deputy chief of the U.S. mission to Libya from 2007 to 2009, during the rule of Moammar Gadhafi, according to the State Department.

In May, one year after arriving aboard a cargo ship to work with those involved in the upstart rebellion, Stevens was appointed U.S. ambassador to Libya.

The State Department Is Not Happy About CNN’s Use of Ambassador Stevens’s Journal

On Friday, CNN revealed (via Anderson Cooper) that it had come across Ambassador Christopher Stevens’s diary in the rubble of the Benghazi consulate and subsequently used it as an un-cited source. Now, the State Department is accusing the network of ignoring the Stevens family’s wishes, among other things:

What [CNN is] not owning up to is reading and transcribing Chris’s diary well before bothering to tell the family or anyone else that they took it from the site of the attack. […] A family member made it crystal clear directly to CNN that they wanted Chris’s diary and would not make any other decisions [on use of its contents] until then. […] I guess four days was as long as CNN could control themselves, so they just went ahead and used it. […] They have yet to even try to defend the indefensible.

CNN fired back with its own statement:

We think the public had a right to know what CNN had learned from multiple sources about the fears and warnings of a terror threat before the Benghazi attack which are now raising questions about why the State Department didn’t do more to protect Ambassador Stevens and other U.S. personnel. Perhaps the real question here is why is the State Department now attacking the messenger.

The network added that it did not quote from or show the journal out of respect to Stevens’s family, and that they only acknowledged its existence “because leaks to media organizations incorrectly suggested CNN had not quickly returned the journal, which we did.”

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