The U.S. envoy to Egypt is not pulling punches as she approaches the end of her two-year tenure.
Ambassador Anne Patterson, who was nominated earlier this month to be assistant secretary of state in the State Department’s Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, sent a scathing open letter Wednesday to the country’s largest government-run newspaper deriding a story that claimed the ambassador was complicit in efforts to destabilize the country.
“This article isn’t bad journalism; it isn’t journalism at all,” Patterson wrote. “It is fiction, serving only to deliberately misinform the Egyptian public.”
The ambassador was responding to an Aug. 27 article (here, in Arabic) that cites anonymous sources in naming Patterson as the sponsor of an alleged Muslim Brotherhood-led plot to “spread chaos.”
Patterson has been the target of denunciations and conspiracy theories from both sides of Egypt’s political wrangling. The interim military-backed government has demonized Patterson for…
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