Hillary Clinton Disputes Ambassador Chris Stevens Being al-Qaida Hit List


Adelle Platon / September 21, 2012

After the White House said that terrorists were responsible for the Sept. 11 Benghazi attack that took the life of U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens, a source close to him told CNN that he had mentioned he was on al-Qaida’s hit list.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, however, does not believe so. She said Thursday (Sept. 20) that she has “absolutely no information or reason to believe there is any basis” to suggest that U.S. Ambassador Stevens was an al-Qaida target, CNN reports.

Stevens and three other Americans were killed Sept. 11 during a large protest at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi where demonstrators were angry about an American film that mocked the Muslim Prophet Mohammed. Stevens was reportedly worried about al-Qaida’s growing presence in Libya and security issues in Benghazi.

White House spokesman Jay Carney confirmed the attack was an act of terrorism. He said “It is, I think, self-evident that what happened in Benghazi was a terrorist attack.”