After the attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya this morning, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), a senior Member of the House Intelligence Committee, issued the following statement:
"I was deeply saddened and disturbed to learn of the attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya that claimed the lives of Ambassador Christopher Stephens and three other Americans. Ambassador Stephens was a well-known figure in Libya, and was deeply involved in helping the Libyan people in their transition from the Qaddafi dictatorship.
"I have had the privilege of meeting many of our diplomats and USAID professionals overseas and I have always been struck by their dedication and their willingness to take risks in pursuit of a better world. They are America's first line of defense and today's loss should serve as a reminder to all Americans of the risks that our diplomats and foreign assistance officers encounter every day."