And Then The World Reached Into Our Game…

Statement by Secretary Clinton on the Attack in Benghazi

Press Statement
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
September 11, 2012

I condemn in the strongest terms the attack on our mission in Benghazi today.  As we work to secure our personnel and facilities, we have confirmed that one of our State Department officers was killed.  We are heartbroken by this terrible loss.  Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and those who have suffered in this attack.

This evening, I called Libyan President Magariaf to coordinate additional support to protect Americans in Libya.  President Magariaf expressed his condemnation and condolences and pledged his government’s full cooperation.

Some have sought to justify this vicious behavior as a response to inflammatory material posted on the Internet.  The United States deplores any intentional effort to denigrate the religious beliefs of others.  Our commitment to religious tolerance goes back to the very beginning of our nation.  But let me be clear:  There is never any justification for violent acts of this kind.

In light of the events of today, the United States government is working with partner countries around the world to protect our personnel, our missions, and American citizens worldwide.

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It started as a nervous sort of thing…

Then there was a news report that an American official had been killed, and three others were wounded, at the consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

Finally, this came over Jabber.

My people, I have grievous news. Vile Rat has been confirmed to be KIA in Benghazi; his family has been informed and the news is likely to break out on the wire services soon. Needless to say, we are in shock, have no words, and have nothing but sympathy for his family and children. I have known Vile Rat since 2006, he was one of the oldest of old-guard goons and one of the best and most effective diplomats this game has ever seen.

His family are in our thoughts and prayers.

The original goon broadcast was by the_mittani to all-all

Vile Rat was a long time and well known EVE player, even serving a term on the CSM.

He was just a voice on Mumble to me, one I recognized, but not somebody I knew personally.  He was another player in our virtual world.  People on voice coms, where I went as soon as the news came out, were shocked by the news.  He was roundly remembered as a good person both in game and out.

He left behind a wife and two children in the real world, and I cannot imagine the pain they now feel.

He has been remembered here by those who knew him.

Addendum: As noted in the comments below, the US Department of State has publicly confirmed that Sean Smith, Vile Rat, was among those killed in Libya.

Meanwhile, many stations in game have been renamed to remember him.  Among the memorials is a video.  As a member of the CFC diplomatic services, he touched a lot of people in game.

8 thoughts on “And Then The World Reached Into Our Game…

  1. rimecat

    Spinks, I’m cynical by nature (helps when you do DoD contracting) but this would be a bit much even for me. I don’t think much of the public persona of Mittani but I doubt his handlers would let him open that can of negative press. That said, I’m still not going to discount you being correct.

    Assuming it’s true I’m curious to see what CCP makes of it; the man was the Ambassador to Libya, and seems to have played a large role in game. WoW and GW2 have memorialized players, I wonder if they would do the same?


  2. rimecat

    So, it looks like ambassadorial staff. Not a shock that the early reports only mentioned the Ambassador and not other casualties. My comment on CCP’s next steps still stands.


  3. Wilhelm Arcturus Post author

    @Spinks – Certainly that question came up, and the Department of State had not officially released names at that point, but it seemed pretty clear on voice coms last night that it was real.

    This morning, with further deaths in Libya being announced, including the US Ambassador, Vile Rat, real name Sean Smith, is included amongst those listed as killed.

    “The State Department also named Sean Smith, a foreign service information management officer and 21-year diplomatic veteran, as among the dead. Release of the names of the others was awaiting notification of their next of kin, the Department said.”


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