Sean Smith, one of the State Department employees killed in Tuesday’s attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya was a popular Internet gamer who went by the name “Vile Rat,” according to an online post.
User “The Mittani” wrote Wednesday that he had known Smith for more than six years and described him as a well-respected and heavily influential player in the role-playing space game “Eve Online.“ Mittani said he and Smith were friends ”both in real life and in internet spaceships.”
Smith, along with Ambassador Chris Stevens and two other American personnel, was killed when the consulate came under a mob attack in protest of a film said to be offensive to Islam. Smith was a foreign service information management officer, according to the State Department.
Mittani said Smith was chatting online at the time the attack started:
(12:54:09 PM) vile_rat: assuming we don’t die tonight. We saw one of our ‘police’ that guard the compound taking pictures
At one point, Mittani said, Smith wrote the words “f–k“ and ”gunfire,” then was disconnected.