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State Blasts CNN For Reporting Stevens’ Fears

From an unfazed Associated Press:

US State Dept. blasts CNN report on Stevens’ diary

By LYNN ELBER AP Television Writer [sic] | September 23, 2012

LOS ANGELES (AP) — CNN reported on the personal journal of slain American ambassador Christopher Stevens over objections from his family, a State Department spokesman said Saturday.

The news channel, in a story posted online Saturday, said that it found a journal belonging to Stevens four days after he died in a Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Three other Americans also were killed.

CNN broke a pledge to the late ambassador’s family that it wouldn’t report on the diary, said State Department spokesman Philippe Reines, a senior adviser to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

In a blistering statement, Reines called CNN’s actions "indefensible."

Notice that the State Department is not blasting CNN for taking evidence away from the consulate. Or from giving it to the Stevens family, instead of to the CIA or FBI.

The channel said in the story online that it took "newsworthy tips" from Stevens’ diary and confirmed them with other sources. Citing an unidentified source "familiar with Stevens’ thinking," CNN said that the ambassador was concerned about security threats in Benghazi and a "rise in Islamic extremism."

Notice that the State Department is only furious that CNN reported that Stevens knew he was in danger. Which contradicts their fairy tales about the situation before the attack. And further highlights their failure to supply any security for the consulate.

In a statement Saturday, CNN defended its use of the journal’s contents and asked "why is the State Department now attacking the messenger."

"CNN did not initially report on the existence of a journal out of respect for the family, but we felt there were issues raised in the journal which required full reporting, which we did," the channel said.

The public has a right to know what CNN learned from "multiple sources" about fears and warnings of a terror threat before the Benghazi attack, the channel said, "which are now raising questions about why the State Department didn’t do more to protect Ambassador Stevens and other U.S. personnel."

Clearly, the State Department needs to start working with Media Matters on way to suppress bad news from appearing in the press.

Stevens’ family was informed within hours about the discovery of the journal, a hard-bound book that included seven handwritten pages. It was returned to them via a third party, according to CNN’s online story.

An Italian official took control of the diary from CNN in Benghazi at the State Department’s request, and it is en route back to Stevens’ family, the department said.

"Given the truth of how this was handled, CNN patting themselves on the back is disgusting," Reines said in his statement.

"Whose first instinct is to remove from a crime scene the diary of a man killed along with three other Americans serving our country, read it, transcribe it, email it around your newsroom for others to read" and then call the family?" Reines asked.

In a phone call with the Stevens family, CNN "agreed to abide by the clear wishes of the Stevens family, and pledged not to use the diary or even allude to its existence until hearing back from the family," Reines said.

But four days later, "they just went ahead and used it," he said.

Once again, it’s clear that Mr. Reines has no problem with the diary being removed from the crime scene.

The diary was first mentioned on-air Friday by Anderson Cooper, following previous CNN reports that Stevens feared he was on an "al-Qaida hit list" but did not mention the journal. Cooper said that some of the information in the reports was based on Stevens’ personal journal, which he said CNN came across in its reporting.

In its online story, CNN said it found the journal on the "floor of the largely unsecured consulate compound where he was fatally wounded."

Which is a disgrace in itself? How come the diary had not already been collected by US investigators? How come the news media was allowed to waltz through a crime scene?

Asked to comment on CNN’s report that Stevens was concerned about a "hit list," Reines referred to a news conference last Thursday at which Clinton was asked about it.

"I have absolutely no information or reason to believe that there’s any basis for that," Clinton had said.

The Clintons know all about people lying to their diaries. (Cf. Josh Steiner, the formerly Treasury chief of staff who told Senate investigators he had lied to his diary about some of Bill Clinton’s actions.)

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, September 24th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “State Blasts CNN For Reporting Stevens’ Fears”

  1. geronl says:

    Ridicule is the weapon we can use against the Islamics who threaten free speech.

    My effort:

    Children to bring “Innocence of Muslims” to stage

  2. Reality Bytes says:

    Meanwhile Obama sends the FBI to what he considers a crime scene. I’ll say it again; “The Audacity of This Dope!”

  3. canary says:

    More evidence Obama warned by 4 star chief 6 months in advance of deadly attack against the U.S. Embassy in Libya.

    As Obama continues to go public telling the terrorist their deadly actions were understandable it’s time for America to protest a day for Freedom of Speech and Press, and to tell the world Obama does not speak for us.

    CNN: US General warned about militants in Libya

    Chief of Africa command concerned about al-Qaida, other groups

    By Barbara Starr – Sept 21, 2012

    Just three months ago, the four-star chief of the U.S. Africa Command warned of a growing threat from al-Qaida and other militant groups in Libya.

    “There is a real concern in Libya. As Libya is coming out of the revolution and forming its new government, there very clearly are those who wish to undermine the formation of that government,” said Gen. Carter Ham in a speech to senior military and civilian officials from Africa, Europe and the U.S.

    Ham often worked closely with the late Chris Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to Libya, killed in the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.

    Ham made much of the same case as early as February of this year in testimony before the House Armed Services Committee, when he testified that there were “some small pockets” of “foreign fighters” in Libya. “There are remnants of that and there are indications that al-Qaida senior leadership is seeking to re-establish those networks, and that’s one of the challenges that lays ahead for us.”

    . He is considered to be extremely knowledgeable about al-Qaida movements in Africa, as was Stevens.


    Word is U.S. Ambassador Chris Steven’s concerns over insecurity were well documented spelling out there was an Arab Spring Tet heating up.

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