Sex, drugs and politics at the US state department – Beirut Edition

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A leaked internal document obtained by the US media outlet CBS said some state department staff in both Beirut and Baghdad, some of whom were directly working with ex-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, regularly solicited sex workers and trafficked drugs.

“The memo obtained by CBS News cited eight specific examples. Among them: allegations that a State Department security official in Beirut “engaged in sexual assaults” on foreign nationals hired as embassy guards and the charge and that members of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s security detail “engaged prostitutes while on official trips in foreign countries” — a problem the report says was “endemic.” (full article here )

According to CBS, attempts to look into the allegations by the inspector general were hindered by those in the highest ranks.

Whistleblower Aurelia Fedenisn, an ex-investigator with the state department’s inspector general revealed that investigators uncovered several allegations of criminal wrongdoing in cases “that never became cases.”

We were told to look the other way, or otherwise “back off”, she said.

“Hostile intelligence services surely know of these wrongdoings and this is what poses the highest threat to the United States government,” she added.

The extent and effect of these allegations remains to be seen, however with the state department so far refusing to comment and with the course of the investigations being hindered by the “higher-ups” one can only guess the effect this will have on the American security system and code of information protection.

The documents revealing the sexual misconduct of US diplomats on foreign missions, mainly in Beirut and Baghdad may only be the tip of the iceberg. One leaked document has revealed only so much. However with the former NSA agent, , finally coming out and revealing yet another scandal on the part of the National Security Agency much, much more may be discovered.

Snowden who remains in hiding in China’s Hong Kong has threatened to expose further breaches on the part of the US government in terms of its targeting of civilian infrastructure and using spying software on the majority of the population without the people’s knowledge.

Is this the beginning of an en-masse chain reaction? Will whistleblowers continue on exposing the hypocrisy of the US government when it claims it only preaches freedom and democracy on foreign land and practices the way of the mob instead? Will the state department cringe before these scandals on its homeland or will this be swept under the rug?

One can only guess the ways of the emperors and the consequent fate of its subjects.

For the comment made by the US Embassy in Beirut on the situation please click .

, editor/blogger for LBCI Online English News and LBCBlogs. She received her Honors in Communication Arts (Media Production) from The University of Western Sydney in 2008.


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