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UPDATE: Ambassador Killed In Libya Was Career Diplomat

UPDATE: President Barack Obama is condemning in the "strongest possible terms" an attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya that killed four Americans, including the American ambassador.
    
Obama on Wednesday said the U.S. will work with the Libyan government to bring the perpetrators of the attack to justice. He says "no acts of terror" will shake America's resolve.
    
Obama said the U.S. rejects any efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others, but says there is "absolutely no justification" for violent attacks.

UPDATE: Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says the deadly attack on the U.S. consulate in eastern Libya should "shock the conscience of people of all faiths around the world."
    
Clinton says the assault that killed the U.S. ambassador and three American members of his staff was committed by a "small and savage group" of militants, not by the people or government of Libya.
    
She said Wednesday there was no justification for the attack, and decried violent extremism.

UPDATE: Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney says it's never too early for America to condemn attacks on its sovereignty and says the White House gave "mixed signals" in its response to the breach of the American embassy in Egypt.
    
Romney on Wednesday condemned attacks against the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four U.S. diplomats, including the U.S. ambassador.
    
Still, Romney stood by his sharp statement Tuesday night criticizing the Obama administration. On Wednesday he said that statement from the U.S. Embassy in Cairo was "akin to apology" and a "severe miscalculation."

UPDATE: Chris Stevens, the U.S. Ambassador to Libya who was killed in a consulate attack by protesters, spent the last two decades in foreign service.
    
Stevens was a career diplomat who spoke Arabic and French and had already served two tours in Libya. He wrote several confidential cables back to Washington, describing Moammar Gadhafi's bizarre behavior.
    
Stevens was confirmed as ambassador to Libya by the Senate earlier this year.
    
Stevens and three other Americans were killed as they tried to evacuate staff while armed protesters attacked the compound. They were angry over a film that ridiculed Islam's Prophet Muhammad.
    
His State Department biography, posted on the website of the U.S. Embassy to Libya, says Stevens "considers himself fortunate to participate in this incredible period of change and hope for Libya."
    
Stevens joined the Foreign Service in 1991 and spent time in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Syria and Israel.

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