More than five years after the Benghazi attacks in 2012, the final words spoken by slain U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens have been revealed.
“When I die, you need to pick up my gun and keep fighting.”
Those are the words Stevens said to his bodyguard, Diplomatic Security Special Agent Scott Wickland.
Wickland testified Monday in the trial of Ahmed Abu Khattala, a terrorist from Libya who is accused of orchestrating the Benghazi attack that killed Stevens and three other Americans.
The Washington Post has more information on the federal trial in Washington:
Wickland’s riveting on-the-ground testimony in a federal courtroom in Washington set the scene of Americans under fire for prosecutors, but by itself did not directly implicate Abu Khattala, a Libyan militia leader captured overseas by U.S. commandos in 2014.
Abu Khattala has pleaded not guilty to 18 counts including murder, attempted murder, material support of terrorism and destruction of U.S. facilities in the Benghazi attacks of Sept. 11 and Sept. 12, 2012. He faces a life sentence if convicted.
In his testimony, Wickland admitted he didn’t know if he was going to survive the attack. He also described the heartbreaking moment he lost Stevens and U.S. State Department staffer Sean Smith.Drew Angerer/Getty Images
Wickland said he saw Stevens and Smith crawling behind him as they searched for a bedroom with a window to escape out of. When he exited the window, he was alone.
Vomiting from the smoke and taking fire, Wickland climbed out of the room and pulled the ladder up.
“That’s when I knew [Stevens and Smith] were dead,” Wickland recalled.
Former Navy SEALs Glen Doherty and Tyrone Smith were also killed in the attack.