YouTube user “Abdalgadar Fadi” has uploaded a video on the arabic language version of the video sharing site purporting to show US Ambassador Christopher Stevens dragged from the consulate in Benghazi.
The translation of the text below the video reads: “Moment directed the U.S. ambassador before his death” and the headline translates to: “U.S. Ambassador and the people of Benghazi rescue attempt before his death.”
The victim in the video appears to be wearing the same pants, belt and t-shirt seen in this photo of Amb. Stevens.
The validity of the video and the accuracy of the description of the events it depicts are still under investigation, but through Twitter and Facebook the video has already taken a life of its own.
UPDATE 9:15 PM ET
Various tipsters have offered differing interpretations of what they hear and witness on this video. The shouts of “Allauha Akbar” are clearly heard and many assume that the cry is meant as a celebration of the attack on the consulate and Amb. Stevens.
However, Arab-speaking readers have pointed out that they hear people saying “Lift him” and “bring him out.” But they can’t discern why the crowd is cheering.
Jenan Moussa, who identifies herself as a “Roving Reporter for Arabic Al Aan TV from Dubai” took to Twitter when the video first broke. Moussa claims that some men in the video were saying “he’s alive” and “lift him” (referring to Amb. Stevens.) She writes that after reviewing the video she believes the crowd began cheering because the man was found alive.
UPDATE 10:05 PM ET
The New York Times now offers their translation to the events in the video:
“I swear, he’s dead,” one Libyan says, peering in.
“Bring him out, man! Bring him out,” another says.
“The man is alive. Move out of the way,” others shout. “Just bring him out, man.”
“Move, move, he is still alive!”
“Alive, Alive! God is great,” the crowd erupts, while someone calls to bring Mr. Stevens to a car.
(John Sexton and Morgen Richmond contributed to this report)