Murdered FSO Sean Smith, “Assuming we don’t die tonight. We saw one of our ‘police’ that guard the compound taking pictures.”
From a Wired Danger Room report, it appears Sean Smith, who was among those killed in Benghazi was in IT and also an online gamer.
On Tuesday, Sean Smith, a Foreign Service Information Management Officer assigned to the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya, typed a message to the director of his online gaming guild: ”Assuming we don’t die tonight. We saw one of our ‘police’ that guard the compound taking pictures.” The consulate was under siege, and within hours, a mob would attack, killing Smith along with three others, including the U.S. ambassador.
Wired links to the director of his online gaming guild, who cites this recent message from Smith.
(12:54:09 PM) vile_rat: assuming we don’t die tonight. We saw one of our ‘police’ that guard the compound taking pictures
We knew that Vile Rat was in Benghazi; he told us. He commented on how they use guns to celebrate weddings and how there was a constant susurrus of weaponry in the background. He was in situ to provide IT services for the consulate, which meant he was on the net all the time, hanging out with us on Jabber as usual and talking about internet spaceship games.
That would make sense given reports of a possible coordinated attack.
Intelligence experts and U.S. government officials are starting to view the attack in Libya that killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others in Benghazi as a coordinated attack.
Several sources have said they believe it was a planned operation and have pointed out several developments that seem to support the possibility.
The President has ratcheted up security at embassies worldwide because of the incident.
Meanwhile, Sen. Ben Nelson believes they have the markings of an al Qaeda revenge attack.
A member of the Senate intelligence committee on Wednesday raised the possibility that attacks on U.S. diplomatic missions in the Middle East and North Africa this week were connected to al Qaeda.
Sen. Bill Nelson, Florida Democrat, said the attacks “have the markings of revenge by al Qaeda.” He said they could be connected to the killing in June of Abu Yahya al-Libi, a top leader of the terrorist network.