A new video surfaced over the weekend showing a group of unknown men pulling Ambassador Christopher Stevens from the burned-out wreckage of the American consulate in Benghazi. But who are they and why where they there?
The video, which was posted on YouTube with no other details by a freelance videographer, Fahd al-Bakoush, a freelance videographer. The AP spoke to him, but does not add anything about the other people in the video besides that they are civilians. The clip shows what appears to the body of Stevens being lifted through a window, by men who had apparently gone inside the building and then came back out through the same window. It seems to conform to the accepted theory about the way he died — that he was trapped in an inner room after attackers set the building on fire and died from smoke inhalation rather than a physical assault by the attackers.
It's not know how long after the attack took place that the video was shot, but the fires seems to be out and there isn't any fighting, so could be several hours afterward. The BBC says Stevens arrived at the hospital around 1:15 a.m., so this probably happened shortly before that.
The most fascinating details, however, is how Stevens is being treated. According to multiple translations, the crowd cheers most excitedly as word spreads that he is still alive. The men can be heard shouting, "Bring him out, man,” and “He’s still alive," followed by multiple people chanting, “Alive, alive! God is great,” before someone calls for a car to take him the hospital. (We know that Stevens was indeed taken to the hospital, but was already dead before he arrived.)