Saturday, July 09, 2011

Amb. Mustapha called into State Dept. for questioning

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.

The State Department has 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.

Pro-regime Syrian-Americans were spotted taking photos at pro-democracy protests in Anaheim last April as well as copying Syrian intelligence agencies in email correspondence with pro-democracy Syrian-Americans.

The US government is 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.

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