A reader recently forwarded us a chain email about the attack on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11, 2012. Similar emails have been circulating for months, speculating about how U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed by Islamic extremists in the attack.
But this email caught our eye because it was purportedly written by Dee Dee Myers, who once served as White House spokeswoman for President Bill Clinton. The email played up the significance of a well-known Democrat breaking with President Barack Obama over what had happened in Benghazi.
The reader wondered if it was actually written by Myers, and so did we.
Moments after we contacted Myers’ office, she e-mailed us back, saying she had nothing to do with the account.
“No, I didn’t write it, don’t have any relatives in the Benghazi Guard, didn’t have any of the conversations or meetings described in the letter,” she told PolitiFact. “There is no truth to it whatsoever.”
What the email said
The email opens by falsely claiming that the account is directly from Myers and that one of her cousins was guarding the ambassador on the night he died. (Read the full text of the email.)
The email then purports to tell a disturbing story about what happened that night. In the email’s version of events, the cousin dies as well:
“... Ambassador Stevens was brutally murdered. His genitals were cut off, he was sodomized and beaten and cut and stabbed and burned. He was dragged thru the streets and left for dead. This is eyewitness testimony of a local Dr. who found the Ambassador in a ditch and tried to save his life. He had no idea who he was. The other 3 men, including my cousin, met similar fates.