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Monday, July 11, 2011

Syria spying on American protesters

There have been allusions to this story in a couple of the links in some of my recent posts, but I had not discussed it specifically and thought it was worth discussing.

The State Department admitted on Friday that the Syrian embassy in Washington has been spying on protesters - like the ones pictured - and using the information to take revenge against the protesters' families in Syria. This is from Elliott Abrams.
Here is the comment by State:
Assistant Secretary for Diplomatic Security Eric Boswell called Syrian Ambassador Imad Mustapha into the State Department on Wednesday, July 6, 2011 to express a number of our concerns with the reported actions of certain Syrian embassy staff in the United States.

We received reports that Syrian mission personnel under Ambassador Mustapha’s authority have been conducting video and photographic surveillance of people participating in peaceful demonstrations in the United States.

The United States Government takes very seriously reports of any foreign government actions attempting to intimidate individuals in the United States who are exercising their lawful right to freedom of speech as protected by the U.S. Constitution. We are also investigating reports that the Syrian government has sought retribution against Syrian family members for the actions of their relatives in the United States exercising their lawful rights in this country and will respond accordingly.
The FBI must be asked to investigate this immediately. If the reports are true, the Syrian ambassador should be thrown out of the United States without delay.
Forget the Syrian ambassador. The entire embassy should be shut down.

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At 1:16 PM, Blogger Matt said...

The Syrian ambassador and embassy staff have been accused of doing the same thing in the UK, almost identical tactics.


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