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February 16, 2012

Ambassador Robert Ford suggested exploiting a child patient to improve the image of the U.S. Army!

February 16, 2012

February 16, 2012

The Arab Digest had published an exchange between Algerian journalist Mohamed Tamalt, and American Ambassador Robert Ford titled "Are you a Diplomat or a CIA officer?". Here is Tamalt's first article on Robert Ford, which had sparked the debate:

By Mohamed Tamalt
Former U.S. Ambassador to Algeria currently serving in Syria, advised his superiors to send a military aircraft to transport a sick child suffering from spine deformity for treatment in a U.S. hospital.
Robert Ford informed his officials in a cable sent on the ninth of May 2008 and leaked recently by Wikileaks, that the treatment of Mounib Ferchichi (two and a half years old) will not cost the U.S. government anything as a group of Algerians living in the US managed to secure a free treatment for him in Mayo Clinic.
The current ambassador in Damascus, who is suspected to be working for the American security services, indicated in his correspondence that the case of Mounib was addressed by Algerian newspapers which frequently promote anti-American views. He suggested that the use of a military aircraft to transport the child will put these newspapers in a position of enhancing the image of AFRICOM and the U.S. Army involved in significant violations of human rights in Iraq and Afghanistan and in Guantanamo Bay. Children hold a special place in the Algerian society, as he added.
AFRICOM attempted, during the period leading up to the ambassador proposal, to move its headquarters from Germany to Africa; but met with rejection from several African countries including Algeria as rumored. The military organization operates a news website called Magharebia where several Algerian journalists write, the website is supervised by officers in the U.S. army.
An Algerian activist, who contributed in raising funds for Mounib and who asked not to be named, said that the transfer of the patient was not in a military plane; this means that Ambassador Ford’s proposal failed.

(A video below by Mohamed Tamalt)


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