Outraged at the loss of loved ones and bitter over the treatment they received in the aftermath of the attack on the American diplomatic compound at Benghazi in September 2012, the families of victims Tyrone Woods and Sean Smith have filed suit against former Secretary of State and Democratic presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton.
The lawsuit claims wrongful deaths and seeks damages for defamation.
Shane Smith, a foreign service officer, and Tyrone Woods, a former Navy SEAL and contract employee with the State Department, were killed in the late evening and early morning of September 11-12, 2012, when Islamic militants attacked two U.S.-operated diplomatic buildings in Benghazi.
The suit, filed on behalf of Jean Smith and Charles Woods by political advocacy group Freedom Watch, claims the former Secretary’s use of a private email server and mishandling of classified information was instrumental in their sons’ deaths.
The suit, in part, contends Clinton’s private server was vulnerable to foreign hacking and her incautious handling of sensitive material led to foreign agents obtaining knowledge as to the location of the American compound and U.S. personnel manning the grounds.
Additionally, the suit accuses Clinton of defaming both individuals in public statements made during appearances following the attack.
Both Woods and Smith’s parents have denounced Clinton; Smith delivered an impassioned speech at the Republican National Convention in July where she stated emphatically the former Secretary is to blame for the death of her son.
In early July, FBI Director James Comey eviscerated Clinton for her “extremely careless” handing of classified material, but did not go as far as recommending she face charges.