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Via: Washingtonian |The Maddening, Twisted Story of the Diplomat Who Became a Troll
How could so many experts have concluded that Syring wouldn’t hurt them when his victims felt with such a visceral certainty that he would?
Part of it, at least for some people involved in the case, was that Syring just didn’t seem the type—white, older, someone who’d spent decades in a cautious bureaucracy. It didn’t make sense that a man with so much to lose would operate at such a high personal cost. Bristol had initially hedged his investigation for this reason, believing that a midlevel State Department employee probably wouldn’t also be a racist troll. (He says he would never make that assumption now.)
Zogby will be 78 when Syring gets out of prison, if he serves his full sentence, and 81 when his probation ends. If Syring reappears in Zogby’s life at that point, it will mark 20 years and counting that his obsession has persisted—20 years in which Zogby has never fully understood what Syring might be capable of doing to him. “I didn’t know, I never knew,” he told me recently. “And I still don’t know.”
- March 2021: Three Current/Former @StateDept Employees Float to the Top in Crowded Bad News Cycle
- August 2019: Ex-Diplomat William Patrick Syring Gets 60 Months in Prison For Hate Crime
- May 2019: Former U.S. Diplomat William Patrick Syring Convicted of Threatening Employees of the Arab American Institute
- March 2018: Ex-FSO William Syring Charged With Hate Crime and Threats to Arab American Institute Employees
A diplomat harassed the employees of a think tank for more than a decade.
In hundreds of emails and voicemails, he called them “Arab American terrorist murderers” and ranted about how they should be cleansed. Yet there was almost nothing they could do. https://t.co/8acFscArXE
— Washingtonian (@washingtonian) June 10, 2021