Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice called Chris Stevens a "terrific diplomat" in a statement released Wednesday:
I am saddened by the tragic loss of life at our Consulate in Benghazi. Ambassador Chris Stevens was a wonderful officer and a terrific diplomat who was dedicated to the cause of freedom. His service in the Middle East throughout his career was legendary.
My thoughts and prayers are with the loved ones of all of the fallen. They will be sorely missed but never forgotten.