Slain Ambassador Chris Stevens’ Sister Speaks Out: ‘I Do Not Blame’ Clinton

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June 29, 2016 8:29 a.m.

The day the House Benghazi Committee released its report on the two-year-long investigation into the 2012 terror attacks that left Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others Americans dead, Stevens’ sister said she doesn’t blame Hillary Clinton.

Dr. Anne Stevens said in an interview with The New Yorker, published online Tuesday, that then-Secretary of State Clinton was “balancing security efforts at embassies and missions around the world.”

“I do not blame Hillary Clinton or Leon Panetta,” Stevens said when asked who she faults for her brother’s death in Benghazi.

She also said in hindsight, it’s clear the U.S. diplomatic compound in Libya was not “sufficiently protected” by the State Department and Defense Department.

“The Benghazi Mission was understaffed. We know that now,” Stevens said. “But, again, Chris knew that. It wasn’t a secret to him. He decided to take the risk to go there. It is not something they did to him. It is something he took on himself.”

Stevens, the chief of pediatric rheumatology at Seattle Children’s Hospital, also told the magazine Clinton has taken “full responsibility” for the tragedy and she doesn’t “see any usefulness in continuing to criticize [Clinton]. It is very unjust.”

Read the full interview over at The New Yorker.

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