Cablegate Chronicles: How to Photoshop a Sex Scandal

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An American Foreign Service National receives an email from a Russian citizen containing a scandalous image.


FROM: MOSCOW, RUSSIA
TO: SECRETARY OF STATE, WASHINGTON, DC
DATE: JANUARY 30, 2009
CLASSIFICATION: SECRET
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¶7. (C) On January 29, USAID FSNs received an email from XXXXXXXXXXXX with a photoshopped image of XXXXXXXXXXXX reclining with an underage child. The picture was attached to a message, ostensibly from a Russian citizen, which accused XXXXXXXXXXXX of raping her 9-year old daughter. This latest provocation falls on the heels of a scandal in Murmansk alleging NDI interference in local elections and harassment of NDI staff XXXXXXXXXXXX. The Ambassador met with representatives from NDI on January 30 on harassment of the NGO, reported septel.

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