Sharyl Attkisson of CBS News is reporting that after Ambassador Christopher Stevens died, U.S. officials told the Benghazi Medical Center to use a “John Doe” pseudonym on his death certificate. A U.S. official claimed this was done to avoid making the importance of Stevens’ death known.
The same official, who wished to remain anonymous, said that U.S. officials still claim they don’t know whether Stevens was alive when the cell phone video recordings of his body being carried or dragged from the U.S. mission were made. They also claim ignorance as to who brought Stevens to the medical center.
U.S. officials claim that medical staff attempted resuscitation for about 40 minutes, although a Libyan doctor said it was 90 minutes.
The anonymous official laid out the events of the night of the attack in this timeline featured in Attkisson’s report:
- On Tuesday, Sept. 11, at 10 PM in Benghazi, State Department Information Officer Sean Smith’s body was removed from the mission. Stevens’ whereabouts were unknown.
- By 11 PM, some Libyans, who may have been looters, found Stevens and removed him from the mission; someone transported him to the medical center, where his identity was unrecognized. An unidentified man used Stevens’ cell phone and…