Curious phenomenon of the non-person

When research draws a blank and it shouldn’t:

For the first time I’ve hit a blank wall: someone with no background that I can get at least one-deep on who has been in the news who has had high visibility.

I hit all my usual sources and a few out of the ordinary, like looking for political contributions.  You know, giving money to candidates, campaigns, parties or PACs.  People looking to cover their tracks can’t get rid of that stuff… but if you don’t contribute to any candidate or campaign, you then have no trail.

Getting awards or being recognized as having done something in a profession, or even just attending industry events (meetings, conferences, etc.) in a speakers capacity or even high level attendee leaves a trail.  Work on your own and high level clients will give you praise for your work, unless you are a hitman or some such and that tends to get its own notoriety of a different sort.

If you actually lead a life worth living, get high level recognition you then have a build-up to it, a trail.

Get the idea?

So who am I having problems getting info on?

The assassinated US Ambassador to Libya: John Christopher Stephens.

Ah yes.   Mr. Stephens.   It starts to look as if this was a bit more than an insulted prophet thing.

Like I said, I could just be overlooking the obvious here.  I’m just interested in his past history, who he worked for, where he was before he got the Ambassador’s job… the sort of thing that might tell me more about his life which was so recklessly put into danger in one of the worst places of the Middle East.

[H/T Chuckles]

7 Responses to “Curious phenomenon of the non-person”

  1. barnacle bill October 4, 2012 at 07:49 Permalink

    Try Stevens not Stephens?
    It’s one of the many black arts practiced at the State Dept. Get the wrong name out into the media and they’ll give up after the first google.

  2. James Higham October 4, 2012 at 08:05 Permalink

    Simples. :)

  3. IanPJ October 4, 2012 at 13:31 Permalink

    Seems you not the only one who has reached this conclusion.

    http://yourtubenews.ning.com/forum/topics/why-no-funeral-for-the-ambassador-perhaps-one-never-died

  4. Moggsy October 5, 2012 at 13:08 Permalink

    John Christopher Stevens was 52. He was born in April 1960 and raised in California, Going to Piedmont High and studied for his undergraduate degree at the University of Berkeley, before he graduated in 1982.

    After graduating, He travelled to Morocco in 1983 where he taught English for two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the mountains there.

    on returning to the US he graduated from the UC’s Hastings College of Law in 1989.

    After working in international trade law in Washington D.C. for two years, he joined the U.S. Foreign Service in 1991.

    Stevens spoke French and Arabic, which led to a series of postings throughout the Middle East, including in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Syria and Israel.

    He was appointed staff assistant in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs at the State Department in Washington and special assistant to the under secretary for political affairs.

    By May 2007, he had also served as a staff adviser on Middle East affairs to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

    His first posting to Libya came in June 2007 as a deputy chief of mission. Two years later, he became the chargé d’affaires at the embassy in Tripoli.

    His second tour in Libya came in April 2011, when he served as special representative to the Libyan Transitional National Council and was sent to rebel headquarters in Benghazi, so he could better understand the different factions fighting against Gaddafi.

    Stevens was the highest-ranking US representative to travel to Libya since the uprising began. He was appointed ambassador in January

  5. James Higham October 5, 2012 at 14:20 Permalink

    Moggsy, you were in spam and you shouldn’t have been – are you on another computer? I saw two versions of the one comment, printed the one you see and binned the duplicate.

    WP has no right to censor you!!! :)

  6. Steve Hayes October 6, 2012 at 05:35 Permalink

    Most nonentites earn their 15 minutes of fame by the manner of the death. Of course if he really was an entity…

  7. James Higham October 6, 2012 at 11:12 Permalink

    Very true, Steve.

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