CBS News’ Sharyl Attkisson is reporting today that U.S. officials requested the murdered U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens be listed as “John Doe” on the Benghazi Medical Center’s death certificate. The reason? An anonymous source told Attkisson it was “to avoid drawing undue attention to the importance of the victim as Americans rushed to figure out how to recover Stevens’ body and return it to the U.S.”
Attkisson offers the following timeline of events in what she calls “the most complete accounting yet of Stevens’ whereabouts and passing in the eight and a half months since his death.”
Somebody transported [Stevens] to Benghazi Medical Center where CPR was attempted. Initially, it’s believed that doctors did not know who Stevens was. An unidentified man speaking Arabic used a cell phone Stevens had in his possession to call the U.S. embassy in Tripoli (the number was programmed into the phone). He seemed to want Americans to come to the hospital to retrieve Stevens, but U.S. officials were suspicious. The hospital was known to be under the influence of hostile militia and Embassy officials sensed a possible trap, so they opted not to attempt to send a U.S. rescue team now waiting at Benghazi’s airport.
It’s remarkable how much is still unknown about the events in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11, 2012, but despite what others have claimed, it does make a difference.