US diplomat no longer welcome in New Zealand

An incident involving a diplomat from the US embassy was brought to the attention of New Zealand police on Sunday, a Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade spokesman says.

MFAT was asked by police on Monday to request a waiver of immunity from the US to enable police to undertake investigations, and did so that day.

The US government has on Friday declined to waive the diplomat’s immunity.

Therefore, MFAT has asked the US to withdraw the staff member in question from New Zealand.

Police were called to an address in Lower Hutt but the man, who works at the embassy in Wellington as a technical attache, had left, apparently nursing a broken nose and a black eye, One News reports.

A US government spokesman says as a matter of policy “we do not comment on the specifics of matters under investigation”.

“We take seriously any suggestion that our staff have fallen short of the high standards of conduct expected of US government personnel.

”Any allegations of wrongdoing are always fully investigated.

It’s not easy being a US diplomat these days.  Your host country is likely to be anti-Trump.  The diplomat is probably anti-Trump but has to sell the company line.  Either way, they will be like lighting rods for stupid people suffering from Trump Derangement Syndrome.

nursing a broken nose and a black eye

You should have seen the other guy.

 

– NZN via Yahoo! News


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.

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