And so it goes.
And Kolbi’s blog is resurrected a second time. Which is almost as shocking as Newt Gingrich’s come back after his Aegean cruise.
Anyway, she disappeared on February 13, and we moved the blog to the blogmetery. We spent most of February 14 rounding up the usual suspects on paper. Why? Because that’s what we do when somebody disappears or when a 2010 victim of a Serial Blog Killer is victimized once again. Think Criminal Minds for blogs searching for a Serial Blog Killer’s “signature.”
So on our whiteboard we have listed the possible “suspects” below:
- The blogger-spouse’s FSO’s section chief at post
- FSO’s section chief’s boss at post, the Principal Officer
- Principal Officer’s boss in Beijing, usually the DCM
- DCM’s boss in Beijing, that’s the Ambassador
- Ambassador’s boss in DC besides President Obama, the EAP bureau
- EAP’s boss in DC, that would be “P” (way up on the 7th Floor, tsk! tsk!)
On our side column, we listed the following who may have been offended by the blog or other people of interest we should talk to:
- the UNSUB or “unknown subject” – could be the janitor or secretary, who knows?
- DGHR – because human resources has hands in almost all the embassy pies
- Alec J. Ross, because he is the 21st Century Statecraft guru at State
We were just in the middle of collecting photos to go with the names of the usual suspects when we were told that Kolbi’s blog is back up talking up a storm about Professionals in the Mouth, spicy duck tongues and Helen Keller brand eyeglasses in Chengdu.
We are happy, of course, to move her out of the blogmetery (admittedly, one depressing sidebar). But the blog was gone slightly more than 24 hours. And very few, if ever, make it back. That she escaped the certainty of a blog death a second time around is nothing short of a miracle.
Is the Serial Blog Killer now playing a different game? Or is there a lesson here, somehow? We don’t know yet. We’re studying the victimology in the hope that it would help others survive similar attacks. We’re asking questions such as: What did she write about? Who did she piss? What interest of the United States did she jeopardize?
Wait – you think it’s because nobody wants to be known as the Serial Blog Killer?
Don’t know. But to paraphrase Shepherd Book, “If you can’t do something right, do something smart.”
Well, getting off the news before it hits the frontpage is definitely smart, boys!