The death of the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans at the hands of extremists there quickly became an issue in the 2012 presidential race. Republican Mitt Romney accused the administration of making an "apology for America's values," and of sending "mixed messages to the world."
The ambassador always wanted to get out of the embassy and experience events firsthand. Stevens spent much of his career in North Africa and was thrilled to be in Libya at this crucial time in its history.
Ambassador Chris Stevens died Tuesday after an angry mob descended on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi in protest of an amateur American film that mocks Islam. The U.S. Embassy in Egypt was also attacked, and security is on high alert in both countries.
The U.S. State Department said its ambassador in Libya, Chris Stevens, was killed in an attack on a diplomatic facility in Benghazi. For more on the ambassador's life, Steve Inskeep speaks with journalist Robin Wright.
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