Four 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.
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.It is simply stunning that our government would have left the consulate unprotected even after the attack, allowing anyone who wondered onto the grounds to pick up sensitive documents that were left behind, including the ambassador's own personal journal. CNN is also reporting on home video footage that a witness supposedly took showing Libyans breaking out a window and removing Stevens' body from one of the burning consular buildings. The person who took the video claims that Stevens was still alive. The report suggests that the people who supposedly rescued him from the burning building were thankful to God for finding him alive. In fact, they were chanting, "Allah Akbar." That was the same thing that Major Nidal Hassan chanted as he shot and killed 13 of his fellow soldiers at Ft. Hood and wounded 26 others in an incident our government to this day refuses to acknowledge was a terrorist attack on American soil. Lost in translation, eh? Breitbart asks why CNN waited a full week before it disclosed that it had found Stevens' journal: "Because they’re CNN, and this is the Obama administration, and they didn’t want to step on any toes. That’s why tonight, when they released news of the Ambassador’s diary, a week late, they headlined it this way: 'CNN finds, returns journal belonging to late U.S. ambassador.'"