Wednesday, September 12, 2012 | Categories: Episodes
U.S. Ambassador to Libya killed in Benghazi attack
We started this segment with the sound of mob violence outside the U.S. consulate
in Benghazi over the last 24 hours. He was not even based there. U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens was paying a short visit to the American consulate in that city when it came under attack last night. The reports say he and three other Americans were killed in the fire that engulfed the building after an angry mob stormed it over a film.
The Film is called Innocence of Muslims and it ridicules the prophet Mohammed ..
It was a 13 minute clip of that film translated into Arabic that prompted riots in Cairo and Benghazi in the last 24 hours. The filmmaker, an Israeli property developer based in California named Sam Bacile has reportedly gone into hiding. He told the Associated Press that he intended his film to be a provocative political statement condemning the religion. The actual film has only ever been shown once in Hollywood to a mostly empty theatre.
There is a lot to talk about here and we begin with CBC's Middle East correspondent Derek Stoffel in Jerusalem.
Sherif Gaber is an Egyptian activist and member of No Military Trials for Civilians he has been following events on the ground in Egypt. He joins me now from his home in Cairo.
And Robert Fisk is a longtime Middle East correspondent for The Independent British newspaper. We reached him in Dublin today.
This segment was produced by The Current's Josh Bloch and Lara O'Brien.
VIDEO: US Ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, in a video he made when he took the job:
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