A memo marked sensitive from the US Ambassador to Iraq hasbeen obtained by the Independent (London) and Editor andPublisher and the WashingtonPost in the US, that describes a far more chaotic and dangeroussituation than is being generally reported. Iraqi employeesof the embassy are in such constant danger that the factthat they work for the US must be carefully concealed.

They are terrified of being kidnapped and killed, and fearthat the Iraqi guards at entrances to the Green Zone areworking for militias hostile to the United States. Oneemployee reported that they would hold up her ID badge topassersby and shout “embassy,” which the report describes as”the eqivalent of a death sentence if it falls into thewrong hands.”

This memo was never intended to reach the public, and it isnot yet clear how it was leaked to newspapers, or by whom.

To read this memo,click here.

To read the Editor and Publisher story,clickhere.

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