Christopher Stevens: 'John Doe' on Benghazi Death Certificate Was Ambassador

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Friday, 31 May 2013 09:17 AM

By Alexandra Ward

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The U.S. government reportedly requested that slain Ambassador Christopher Stevens be listed as "John Doe" on the Benghazi Medical Center's death certificate after he was murdered on Sept. 11 of last year in the Benghazi terrorist attacks, an anonymous official told CBS News.

The pseudonym was used "to avoid drawing undue attention to the importance of the victim as Americans rushed to figure out how to recover Stevens' body and return it to the U.S.," according to CBS News.

The official also reviewed the timeline of the attacks on the U.S. mission in Libya that killed four Americans, including Stevens. The source claims a group of Libyans, possibly looters, reportedly found Stevens' body in the burned-out building and someone, though it's not clear who, transported him to Benghazi Medical Center where doctors attempted to resuscitate him.

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The source said a Benghazi local known as "Babakar" sent word to the U.S. embassy that Stevens had been killed. It was then that officials decided to use the name "John Doe" on the death certificate.

Stevens' body was flown first to Tripoli, and then to Germany, and finally stateside to Andrews Air Force base. From there, the body was taken to an FBI facility in Dover, Del., for an autopsy, which revealed he died from asphyxia, likely from smoke inhalation.

News of the pseudonym did little to sway Americans who believe the government is involved in some sort of cover-up.

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"The reason the state department did this is that they wanted everyone to believe the guy was still alive," one person commented on the CBS News website, "that nothing was wrong and that it was not a terrorist attack. Are we really as stupid as Obama wants us to think we are?"

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