Tarpley and other conspiracy-minded persons have been wrestling with the question of why, if Stevens was the sort of devious US ambassador whose real job is organising death squads, such a squad should have killed him. The apparent incomprehensibility of this encourages such writers as Finian Cunningham to say, no, he was killed by Gaddafi loyalists after all. But consider the story that Stevens was gay. Is it not highly probable, and not without precedent, that he was mixing business with pleasure, one thing to which strict religious death squads could very well be expected to take lethal exception? This would also explain how they knew the location of the safe house.