Skip to comments.Anderson Cooper admits CNN found slain ambassador's journal, 'secretly' used it in reporting
Posted on 09/22/2012 1:14:19 PM PDT by opentalk
Anderson Cooper admits that CNN found slain American ambassador's journal inside U.S. consulate in Libya and 'secretly' used it in reporting (full Title)
.CNN found Ambassador Christopher Stevens' personal journal on the floor at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi
Journal consisted of seven handwritten pages in a hard-bound book
Network says it notified Stevens' family at once and handed over the journal
CNN host Anderson Cooper admitted on Friday that the network had come across the late Ambassador Christopher Stevens' personal journal and used parts of it in its reporting without disclosing the source.
On Wednesday on his show Anderson Cooper 360, the journalist told Senator John McCain that 'a source familiar with Ambassador Stevens' thinking told us that in the months before his death he talked about being worried about the never-ending security threats that he was facing in Benghazi, and specifically about the rise in Islamist extremism and growing al Qaeda presence.' Cooper added that 'the source also mentioned [Stevens] being on an al Qaeda hit list.'
Two days later, Cooper acknowledged that the network had obtained Stevens' journal, and that some of the information regarding the late ambassadors thought process in the months leading to the deadly September 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi was drawn from his entries.
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How did they get ahold of it? Perhaps Cooper and Stevens were an “item”.....
How did CNN get hold of it?
Every day the get slimier and slimier.
Lucky find: Stevens' handwritten journal was discovered by CNN on the first floor of the burnt out U.S. consulate in Benghazi (four days after attack)
from pictures at the link, the CNN version of this story sounds a little suspect. (imo)
Well played. That’s probably how it went down. Anderson took one for the team.
It was probably sold to the highest bidder.
And since not even the FBI could get into the country , one has to wonder about the source.
And if it was bought from someone who had assaulted the building , they would be A Q synmpathizer or Libyan military.
If it was bought from A Q, could CNN be charged with aideing and abetting Al Q ??
The better question, given the current posture of the American legal system , is would they even be prosecuted ?
Something horribly out-of-kilter here.
I’m curious as to what other papers,notebooks and files that were just left behind.
Seeing as CNN never met a terrorist or murdering dictator that they didn't like, they probably bought the journal from one of the terrorists who attacked the consulate that night.
I heard they found the missing top-secret documents stolen from the Archives by Sandy Burger, the 18 minutes missing from the Nixon tape, and the missing pages from John Wilkes Booth's Diary.
Apparently, they stole it.
Am I the only one who find the silence of General Petraeus on all the rioting absolutely incomprehensible?
Was Jerry Rivers there drawing maps to it’s location?
Since he's been co-opted by Obamugabe as Director of the CIA, Petraeus is very unlikely to go public on that issue. He's a good man for the Director's job but he's been effectively muzzled (Muzzied?)
This story comes out today, yet Hillary still denies/lied today in a CNN article.
Does CNN also have the missing files with lists of names and oil contracts?
How did the State dept determine that files were missing within the first day or two (it was reported)and yet CNN gets this journal four days later?
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Thursday she has “absolutely no information or reason to believe there is any basis” to suggest that U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens believed he was on an al Qaeda hit list.
The remark came after a source familiar with Stevens’ thinking told CNN that in the months leading up to his death, Stevens worried about constant security threats in Benghazi and mentioned that his name was on an al Qaeda hit list.
Stevens spoke about a rise in Islamic extremism and al Qaeda’s growing presence in Libya, the source said.
The White House, for the first time Thursday, declared the attack that killed Stevens and three other people a terrorist attack.
They found the personal journal on the first floor of the burned out building four days after the attack and it was readable...really? Ummmmmm.
Sick: CNN admits concealing critical evidence in Ambassador Stevens murder
Michelle Malkins got this on Twitchy .....
I am wondering how CNN was allowed in a war torn country right after an attack?
Thanks, including comments at link
Likely they weren’t left behind, the bad guys or CNN (the other bad guys) probably have tons of intel they are not talking about.
They were probably in it before the attack. Also remember that CNN uses locals for reporting.
In his defense, maybe he was worried about details of their torrid affair. Thanks opentalk.
I agree with you, and from the very beginning.
I can’t help think that this administration set something in motion with the idea it could be used and controlled by them, but it has gotten out of control, and hopefully end up being used against them.
He’s been *flipped to the dark side*.
Anderson Cooper is like Zelig. Everywhere, having a bit part in every disgusting big world event. I for one find him creepy. Does Cooper or someone else at benefit from CNN snatching or buying the gay ambassador’s diary to make sure there wasn’t anything in it embarrassing to the deceased and/or someone at CNN or someone in the Obama administration?
Finders keepers and they are a news network.
This is really DISTURBING AS HELL.
Of course- I don’t know whether to believe CNN’s timeline either (twilight zone,eh?) but doesn’t it seem INEXCUSABLE that the consulate STILL hadn’t been secured by us FOUR DAYS after this took place? In fact- SO un-secured that a news organization (and God only knows who ELSE) could be wandering around digging through Steven’s stuff?????
WTH is going ON????
Something is SERIOUSLY AMISS here. The citizens must be given FACTUAL ANSWERS.
Did CNN notify ONLY the family?
Did CNN notify the US government?
What ELSE did CNN find, if anything and what did they do with it?
How can this HAPPEN? Not just the attack but the truly surreal aftermath, having to go to foreign news sources to get ANY sense of what happened?
This is frightening in a way I never could have imagined.
They're claiming they found it on the floor of the consulate. What likely happened was his murderers took the journal as well as anything else of intelligence value. After copying the journal they sold it to CNN for a hefty sum or in exchange for something else. CNN gave Saddam Hussein favorable coverage in exchange for access. This was a scandal when it was exposed.
It's not outside reality that the Tripoli CNN office got a call on the 8th or 9th about how if they wanted a good story, to be outside the Benghazi consulate the morning of the 11th. How often have they been willing to follow the bad guys to get a shot of them ambushing our troops?
I seem to recall at least once in Iraq or the 'Stan. Naturally, since they weren't promptly taken out and shot, they figure if they are careful, they can scoop the competition.
Hmm???? Did you read the material from the gay community re Steven’s....Anderson would know....just saying there may be reason they got there so quickly to get his “personal” items.
Yeah...I heard about that.
Meanwhile- I’m not sure about the ethics of what CNN did- but at least there is SOMETHING out there to counter the truly unhinged reaction from the MSM and the administration.
And how much did CNN pay the perps to get it?
It would be interesting to have the full texts in the journal, including whatever “personal” notes he made.
Romney needs to hit on this HARD. Holder announced he had opened an FBI investigation into the murder of Ambassador Stevens on September 13th. CNN is claiming to have found it at the crime scene two days after that (unlikely story). What is very clear though, is that CNN was on the phone with a representative from the State Department and a member of the Stevens family (or one of their representatives), and they were REQUESTING that CNN not divulge the contents of the journal. HELLOOOO?! if you are seriously invesstigating this, it should have been a Justive Department official on the phone with a court-ordered gag-order on CNN and some serious threats if they did not turn over the illegally obtained evidence IMMEDIATELY.
McLaim should also be onto this, in between his interviews with Anderson C. on the topic.
Anderson has taken more than one for the team. LOL
I feel that way, too, miss m. There’s a much bigger scandal hiding behind all this. I feel that Ambassador Stevens was targeted, maybe by his own team, because he knew too much about many liaisons.
I didn’t see that it said ‘first floor’
it said ‘floor’...
The journal consisting of seven handwritten pages in a hard-bound book was found ON THE FLOOR of the ravaged consulate compound where Stevens was fatally wounded.——
But beneath a picture it does say ‘first floor’...
CNN is a joke, it's left wing leanings and bias has killed the network and I'm sure everyone noticed how obama went to Vegas after the attacks and the media virtually ignored it.
This man has never led on anything, 15 years ago he was a nothing, done; nothing and now leads this country thanks to the media and the stupid thick dumb idiots which watch their local channels and think they are being told the truth.
he;s stayed quiet whilst another Gneral finds the time to call a pastor in FL
Clinton never went on any networks after the attacks, Obama went to Vegas and did nothing but party with very rich people.
They stuck to a story that it was just a protest and will not do anything about this attack but keep saying sorry.
WTF IS GOING ON WITH THIS MEDIA, so long as the market is keeping their retirement up and they make money then screw the truth and the country.
Or the FBI... Agreed with your sentiment. What the heck is the Administration doing?
Anything is possible with the administration and that fat brat, Hillary Clinton.
Sort of like Fast and Furious for the Jihad set.
ow. First Stevens got sodomized by his killers, now he gets sodomized by CNN.