Gov. Walker issues statement on embassy attack

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MADISON — Gov. Scott Walker issued the following statement in relation to the attack on the U.S. Embassy in Libya.

Chris Stevens, an American who risked his life to help Libyans overthrow dictator Moammar Gadhafi, was killed overnight in the former rebel capital of Benghazi — a city he helped save, making it an especially tragic place for him to die, President Obama said Wednesday.

An Arabic speaker who loved Libya and understood it deeply, Stevens died along with three other Americans when an angry mob stormed the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi. He was the first U.S. ambassador to be killed in the line of duty since 1979.

A pro-al Qaeda group responsible for a previous armed assault on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi is the chief suspect in Tuesday’s attack, sources tracking militant Islamist groups in eastern Libya say.

Gov. Walker said in a statement Wednesday: “Like most people in this country, I am outraged by the attacks on Americans in Libya and Egypt. The United States is the defender of freedom in the world and it’s painful to see radical extremists attempt to intimidate the people of our great country.

Instead, they have once again united us as Americans because when you attack one of us, you attack all of us.   We will not back down in our defense of freedom.”

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