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    State Department disputes diplomat’s charges of retaliation

    Hicks has said he was demoted but it isn't true, it was his choice to come back to the sates. Pity party anyone.



    The State Department on Wednesday rejected charges by Gregory B. Hicks, the former deputy ambassador at the U.S. Embassy in Libya, that he was demoted and treated unfairly after he criticized the department’s performance during and after the September terrorist attack in Benghazi.

    “The Department has not and will not retaliate against Mr. Hicks,” said Patrick Ventrell, acting deputy spokesman for the State Department.

    In House testimony, Hicks said that despite receiving high praise for his performance during the Benghazi crisis from President Obama and then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, he was later given a “blistering critique of my management style” by Elizabeth Jones, the acting assistant secretary for the Near East.

    Hicks said family concerns were the “overriding” reason for his decision not to return to Libya. But he said he also felt that “I would never be comfortable working there” after the criticism. When he voluntarily withdrew from his assignment in Tripoli, Hicks said, he was given a State Department job in Washington that he considered a demotion.

    Hicks’s decision took him out of the annual assignment cycle, and difficulty in finding a suitable assignment was “not uncommon” in such situations, Ventrell said.

    “However, the Department worked with him to find a suitable temporary assignment and succeeded,” he said. “Mr. Hicks still receives the same salary and has the same employment status and rank as before. Per standard procedure, Mr. Hicks recently submitted a preference list for his next assignment and is under consideration along with other Foreign Service employees.”

    State Department disputes diplomat’s charges of retaliation - The Washington Post

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    Re: State Department disputes diplomat’s charges of retaliation

    I'm sure faceless-bureaucrat #327 is telling the truth, and not the guy with his reputation and career on the line.

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    Re: State Department disputes diplomat’s charges of retaliation

    OK let me think here. should I believe a man that has given 22 years of his life to serve the American public who has an impeccable record who has nothing gain from not telling the truth about his demotion or an administration who has been caught in more lies then i can count and who has everything to gain from their lies about not demoting him

    I'm willing to bet that Karen DeYoung the author of that article was one of 14 reporters that attended that closed off the record meeting with Jay Carney
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    Re: State Department disputes diplomat’s charges of retaliation

    ........it's always what happens after the fact, that gets people in trouble.

    when you call someone a liar, they usually don't sit by and take it.

    expect a response from mr. hicks.
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    Re: State Department disputes diplomat’s charges of retaliation

    Quote Originally Posted by trfjr View Post
    OK let me think here. should I believe a man that has given 22 years of his life to serve the American public who has an impeccable record who has nothing gain from not telling the truth about his demotion or an administration who has been caught in more lies then i can count and who has everything to gain from their lies about not demoting him

    I'm willing to bet that Karen DeYoung the author of that article was one of 14 reporters that attended that closed off the record meeting with Jay Carney
    Are you implying she lied? Why would she jeopardize her career in journalism that way? That does make a it of sense.

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    Re: State Department disputes diplomat’s charges of retaliation

    Quote Originally Posted by pbrauer View Post
    Are you implying she lied? Why would she jeopardize her career in journalism that way? That does make a it of sense.
    Not at all. She simply has to write the State Departments' version of things and report it as the story. An of course she would do that - she has an ideological predisposition to protect the administration.

    As for Hicks, if he wasn't demoted, then the whole "Oh he's just bitter about being demoted and that's why he's making up all this crazy stuff about Benghazi" narrative kinda goes away, now, doesn't it? Gotta pick your poison, can't try to smear a decent man in mutually contradicting ways, there, pbrauer.

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    Re: State Department disputes diplomat’s charges of retaliation

    Quote Originally Posted by pbrauer View Post
    Are you implying she lied? Why would she jeopardize her career in journalism that way? That does make a it of sense.
    I'm not saying the author lied I am saying the information that was given to her is a lie. would like to add the Washington Post isn't known for their journalistic ethics they have been caring the water for this administration from day one

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    Re: State Department disputes diplomat’s charges of retaliation

    Quote Originally Posted by cpwill View Post
    Not at all. She simply has to write the State Departments' version of things and report it as the story. An of course she would do that - she has an ideological predisposition to protect the administration.

    As for Hicks, if he wasn't demoted, then the whole "Oh he's just bitter about being demoted and that's why he's making up all this crazy stuff about Benghazi" narrative kinda goes away, now, doesn't it? Gotta pick your poison, can't try to smear a decent man in mutually contradicting ways, there, pbrauer.
    What do you make of this?

    REP. SCOTT DESJARLAIS (R-TN): So when you came back to the United States, were you planning on going back to Libya?

    MR. HICKS: I was. I fully intended to do so.

    REP. DESJARLAIS: And what do you think happened?

    MR. HICKS: Based on the criticism that I received, I felt that if I went back, I would never be comfortable working there. And in addition, my family really didn't want me to go back. We'd endured a year of separation when I was in Afghanistan 2006 and 2007. That was the overriding factor. So I voluntarily curtailed -- I accepted an offer of what's called a no-fault curtailment. That means that there's -- there would be no criticism of my departure of post, no negative repercussions. And in fact Ambassador Pope, when he made the offer to everyone in Tripoli when he arrived -- I mean Charge Pope -- when he arrived, he indicated that people could expect that they would get a good onward assignment out of that.

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    Re: State Department disputes diplomat’s charges of retaliation

    Quote Originally Posted by cpwill View Post
    Not at all. She simply has to write the State Departments' version of things and report it as the story. An of course she would do that - she has an ideological predisposition to protect the administration.

    As for Hicks, if he wasn't demoted, then the whole "Oh he's just bitter about being demoted and that's why he's making up all this crazy stuff about Benghazi" narrative kinda goes away, now, doesn't it? Gotta pick your poison, can't try to smear a decent man in mutually contradicting ways, there, pbrauer.
    Well done.

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    Re: State Department disputes diplomat’s charges of retaliation

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    Well done.



    Why is he lying?
    because he does not want to acknowledge he brought this on himself
    we are negotiating about dividing a pizza and in the meantime israel is eating it
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