New book sheds light on US ambassador killed in 2012 Benghazi attack

Posted at 6:06 PM, Oct 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-04 22:00:54-04

A new book takes a look at the softer side of Chris Stevens, one of four Americans killed in the 2012 Benghazi attack.

The book titled "A voice for Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens" was written by Stevens' former fiancée, Lydie Denier.

"It was love at first sight," Denier said of the time she and Stevens met.

Denier said she was playing Jane in the television show "Tarzan" in 1994, and she was traveling through Egypt when they met and had a whirlwind romance.

Denier described Stevens as a kind and caring man who cared deeply about his job as the ambassador.

She said Stevens kept calling for more security at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, but it never came.

Stevens and a San Diego contractor, Sean Smith, were trapped in the safe house as the building burned down during the attack.

"He knew he was going to die," she explained.

Denier said Stevens dedicated his life to the State Department for 30 years, but no one came for him when he needed help.

"Unfortunately, there are pictures online of his body being dragged on the street … trying to get him to a hospital, but he's completely black and bruised, and it's horrible," she said. "It's absolutely horrible."

Denier wrote the book to give him a voice, and she wants people to form their own opinions about Stevens and about Hillary Clinton's role in the tragedy.