Ambassador Chris Stevens, who was killed in the Benghazi terror attack of 2012, had considered leaving Libya at least one year earlier according to the final batch of Hillary Clinton emails released by the State Department Monday.
Stevens reportedly shared concerns over safety in an email to those working with the then-Secretary of State Clinton, Fox News claimed.
One email, with the subject line “Stevens update” from April 10, 2011, was sent by Timmy Davis, a State Department official, to other Clinton aides, including Huma Abedin, who forwarded it to Clinton.
“The situation in Ajdabiyah [a town approximately 90 miles southeast of Benghazi] has worsened to the point where Stevens is considering departure from Benghazi,” the email read. “The envoy’s delegation is currently doing a phased checkout (paying the hotel bills, moving some comms to the boat, etc) … He will wait 2-3 more hours, then revisit the decision on departure.”
Apparently, Stevens was wondering if “this is an irreversible situation … Departure would send a significant political signal,” the email said, according to Fox.
The 14th and final batch of messages from Clinton’s private server brings the total to 52,000 pages, according to State Department spokesman John Kirby.