LOS ANGELES (September 23, 2012)--CNN reported on the personal journal of slain American ambassador Christopher Stevens over objections from his family, a U.S. State Department spokesman said.
CNN posted in a story online Saturday that it found a journal belonging to Stevens four days after he died in a Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
State Department spokesman Philippe Reines said CNN broke a pledge to the late ambassador's family that it wouldn't report on the diary.
Reines, a senior adviser to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, called CNN's actions "indefensible."
CNN said in the story online that it took "newsworthy tips" from Stevens' diary and confirmed them with other sources.
In a statement Saturday, CNN defended its use of the journal's contents and asked, "Why is the State Department now attacking the messenger."
The channel said, "CNN did not initially report on the existence of a journal out of respect for the family, but we felt there were issues raised in the journal which required full reporting, which we did."