The news channel, in a story posted online Saturday, said that it found a journal belonging to Stevens four days after he died in a Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
The channel said in the story online that it took “newsworthy tips” from Stevens‘ diary and confirmed them with other sources. Citing an unidentified source “familiar with Stevens‘ thinking,” CNN said that the ambassador was concerned about security threats in Benghazi and a “rise in Islamic extremism.”
In a statement Saturday, CNN defended its use of the journal’s contents and asked “why is the State Department now attacking the messenger?”
“CNN did not initially report on the existence of a journal out of respect for the family, but we felt there were issues raised in the journal which required full reporting, which we did,” the channel said.
Read more: U.S. State Dept. blasts CNN report on Stevens’ diary – Washington Times
by R Hahn and posted by Joe Connor