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For obvious reasons, we are unable to share the name of the retired diplomat here but we have permission to share this with our readers.
Retired FSO: I was planning on blogging about Hillary’s emails. Title: “If I Did What Hillary Did, I’d Be In Jail.”
Me: Great! Looking forward to reading it!
Retired FSO: But I won’t.
Retired FSO: Just read 3 FAM 4170. I’m retired. I can’t believe I really need to clear my blogposts with PA. I mean, I’d use common sense, you know? I wouldn’t be divulging stuff like, say, our nuclear launch codes, or the chronically malfunctioning air conditioning system at Main State. I’d just focus on how when you become a charter member of America’s political elite, the rules don’t apply to you. That’s all.
Me: Only stuff “of department concern” needs clearance. Max timeframe for blogs, five days.
Retired FSO: But they’ve made me jittery. I don’t fancy jail. They’d probably force me to watch re-runs of “Madame Secretary” every day; let me read only the FAM! The eighth amendment doesn’t allow this kind of cruel and unusual punishment, but Mother State can be as vindictive as a Borgia dowager.
Me: Okay. So, does this mean you’ll stop blogging?
Retired FSO: Nah. Maybe I’ll just write about my pets from now on. Think anybody would read Diplo Doggy’s Adventures?
Me: I will.
Retired FSO: We live in difficult times.
- State Dept says enhanced
gag rulespolicy “more protective of employee speech” … no cry, cry, please!
- State Dept Releases New 3 FAM 4170 aka: The “Stop The Next Peter Van Buren” Regulation
- Twitter Is a Cocktail Party, Not a Press Conference – But What Happened to 3 FAM 4170?
- Social Media Schizophrenia Continues on Background, and Oh, Stuff That Loophole, Ey?
- State Dept to Rewrite Media Engagement Rules for Employees in Wake of Van Buren Affair