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Wed Sep 12, 2012, 06:58 PM

Murdered State Department official Sean Smith was influential online gamer

Source: Yahoo

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Smith, a foreign service information management officer, had a sphere of influence that extended far beyond the realm of real-world diplomacy: He was also a respected and hugely influential figure in the world of online gaming.

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Smith was online chatting with Gianturco shortly before he was killed in Benghazi. The two men, who had known each other for more than six years, had met several times in person and considered themselves close friends both online and in the real world.

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Gianturco posted excerpts from his final chat with Smith, including this chilling message:

(12:54:09 PM) vile_rat: assuming we don't die tonight. We saw one of our 'police' that guard the compound taking pictures

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Read more: http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/lookout/murdered-state-department-official-sean-smith-influential-online-185547152.html



to the mods: this absolutely is breaking news; it has, if not the last messages from a State Department official, some of his final communications.

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Reply Murdered State Department official Sean Smith was influential online gamer (Original post)
cali Sep 2012 OP
arewenotdemo Sep 2012 #1
grasswire Sep 2012 #2
aquart Sep 2012 #3
annabanana Sep 2012 #4
Posteritatis Sep 2012 #8
eShirl Sep 2012 #5
Odin2005 Sep 2012 #6
Posteritatis Sep 2012 #7

Response to cali (Original post)

Wed Sep 12, 2012, 07:03 PM

1. Well, at least he was "connected"

 

until he wasn't.

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Response to cali (Original post)

Wed Sep 12, 2012, 07:06 PM

2. see previous thread

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Response to cali (Original post)

Wed Sep 12, 2012, 07:09 PM

3. Who were these "police"?

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Response to cali (Original post)

Wed Sep 12, 2012, 07:36 PM

4. This is very interesting.

Apparently his diplomatic skills translated to the Eva Online game.

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Response to annabanana (Reply #4)

Wed Sep 12, 2012, 09:57 PM

8. By all accounts he was quite good at that as well

A set of gag instructions floating around the game's community translates roughly as "blow up annoying enemies; if your allies are being annoying, blow them up too and then ask this guy to smooth things over."

He and one of his buddies pulled off some stunts in that game that actually made BBC News' front page a few years ago. Quite a character, and exceedingly respected among that community - he's one of the guys the game's developers would fly to Iceland regularly to get input on keeping the playerbase happy and having fun, for instance.

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Response to cali (Original post)

Wed Sep 12, 2012, 09:15 PM

5. This was mentioned at the very end of tonight's "Ed" show on MSNBC. n/t

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Response to cali (Original post)

Wed Sep 12, 2012, 09:25 PM

6. Holy fuck, I think I've seen this guy's stuff on Something Awful!

He was a contributor there. Jesus!

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Response to Odin2005 (Reply #6)

Wed Sep 12, 2012, 09:54 PM

7. He moderated the debate subforum. (nt)

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