YANGON, Myanmar The U.S. Embassy in Myanmar said Friday the government has ignored its repeated requests for access to a detained American arrested for allegedly swimming to the lakeside home of detained Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi and sneaking inside.

The man's motives remained unclear, and the embassy said it has not been able to confirm any information since his Wednesday arrest was reported by state-controlled media, which identified him as "John Willian Yeattaw."

"We have made repeated requests to see him and we still have not been granted access," said embassy spokesman Richard Mei. "We would like to confirm the information ourselves and speak to the individual directly."
This story is bizarre on so many levels, but it is rather disappointing (though not surprising) that U.S. officials in Burma have not been granted access to Yeattaw.