Waiting for Ireland to Expel a Russian Diplomat, Israel-Style

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Apparently, the government of Ireland knows for certain that Russian intelligence copied the passport of a Donegal firefighter who visited Russia in 2005, and provided the copy to one of its spies caught recently by the FBI. The question is, What will Ireland do about this insult to its sovereignty? Will the Irish expel a Russian diplomat, as they did when they caught Israel using forged Irish documents, or is it only a big deal when Israel does it? Niall O'Dowd worries about the double standard:

It is time to expel a Russian diplomat from Ireland after the Eunan Doherty passport saga.

Doherty, a native of Donegal has been informed that his passport or a false version of it was used by New Jersey Russian spy Richard Murphy on a trip he took to Moscow in February of this year.

If the Irish government does not expel a diplomat they will be accused of double standards given the fact that they expelled an Israeli diplomat after a similar fraud incident.

It is now clear that Russian Embassy officials in Dublin duplicated the passport of Eunan Doherty, a Donegal fireman who went on vacation to Russia in 2005.
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Before joining The Atlantic in 2007, Goldberg was a Middle East correspondent, and the Washington correspondent, for The New Yorker. He was previouslly a correspondent for The New York Times Magazine and New York magazine. He has also written for the Jewish Daily Forward and was a columnist for The Jerusalem Post.

Goldberg's book Prisoners was hailed as one of the best books of 2006 by the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Slate, The Progressive, Washingtonian magazine, and Playboy. He received the 2003 National Magazine Award for Reporting for his coverage of Islamic terrorism and the 2005 Anti-Defamation League Daniel Pearl Prize. He is also the winner of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists prize for best international investigative journalist; the Overseas Press Club award for best human-rights reporting; and the Abraham Cahan Prize in Journalism.

In 2001, Goldberg was appointed the Syrkin Fellow in Letters of the Jerusalem Foundation, and in 2002 he became a public-policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.

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