After a rocket attack killed US Ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, earlier this month, American intelligence officials insist that the attack on the Benghazi consulate was not pre-planned. But CNN is reporting that the Ambassador had expressed concerns about his safety in the months before his death.
In the months leading up to his death, U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens worried about what he called the never-ending security threats in Benghazi and mentioned that his name was on an al Qaeda hit list, a source familiar with his thinking told CNN.
Stevens specifically mentioned a rise in Islamic extremism and al Qaeda’s growing presence in Libya, the source said.
Matthew Olsen, director of the U.S. National Counterterrorism Center, said Wednesday that it was unlikely that Stevens and his security team were killed by random protesters.
“I would say yes, they were killed in the course of a terrorist attack on our embassy,” he said at a Senate Homeland Security Committee hearing.