Op-Ed Finally Costs Pakistani Ambassador His Job

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Husain Haqqani, Pakistan's envoy to the United States, has announced his resignation this morning following month-long pressure on him to step down after he was suspected of trying to write "a memo to Washington asking for its help in reining in the country's powerful military," reports CBS News. "Memogate," as the scandal was boringly named, all started with this op-ed from Mansoor Ijaz, a Pakistani-American businessman, in the October 10 Financial Times. (Available for free here.) In it, he said an unnamed Pakistani diplomat asked him to help write a memo from Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari to Mike Mullen, then chair of the U.S. Joint Chiefs, that "accused the Pakistani military of plotting a coup" and requested the United States' help in preventing it, according to Reuters. "The identity of the Pakistani diplomat cited by Ijaz has never been confirmed, though many politicians suspected it was Haqqani," writes CBS News. "Haqqani denied the allegations but offered his resignation to end the controversy." Reuters adds that Zardari, once a close ally of Haqqani, asked him to resign.

Like us non-foreign diplomats, it looks like Haqqani ended up giving his final response to that October op-ed on Twitter, with both Reuters and the BBC citing his resignation tweet as their main source. (The AP doesn't, however.) He wrote on his official account:

It's a tweet that echoes Italy's Silvio Berlusconi updating his Facebook status to deny rumors that be might step down. It looks like today's hip government officials take to social networks to confirm or deny resignation rumors.

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