Report: PR man responsible for controversial statements from Cairo embassy

The statement and tweets issued Tuesday from the U.S. Cairo embassy—the one that sparked a political fight—was rejected by officials, but issued by a rogue staffer, according to a report in Foreign Policy.

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Foreign Policy, citing an anonymous official, said a senior public affairs officer wrote the statement and follow-up tweets supporting it.

The statement read:

“The Embassy of the United States in Cairo condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims—as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions. Today, the 11th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, Americans are honoring our patriots and those who serve our nation as the fitting response to the enemies of democracy.”

According to Foreign Policy, officials in Cairo sent a draft of the communiqué to the State Department, which told the authors to either revise or not publish.

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