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RamboLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-16-03 08:43 AM
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Envoy's letter in (Washington) Times is revealed as a forgery
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A letter to the editor of The Washington Times, purported to be from a senior U.S. diplomat with scathing criticism of the Foreign Service for lack of loyalty to the Bush administration, was exposed yesterday as a forgery.

Wesley Pruden, the editor in chief of The Times, said the newspaper learned "from the highest level at the State Department" that the letter was a hoax and the newspaper fully accepts "as true that the ambassador was not the author of this letter."

Stephan M. Minikes, ambassador to the Vienna-based Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, writes in an authentic letter to The Times, published in full this morning on Page A18, that the forgery was a "complete and utter fabrication. It was not written by or for me and it expressed views that are diametrically opposite to the views I hold.

"The fact is that never in my long career have I worked with a more dedicated group of professionals than those I have encountered in the Department of State led by Secretary Powell people who are absolutely committed to executing the president's foreign policy goals."
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