Newsweek has a story on the CIA Station Chief in Algeria who is accused of rape. When this story broke last week, many people, including myself, worried that it would seriously undermine President Obama’s efforts to restore the US image in the Middle East. Fortunately, (as far as I know) it hasn’t gotten much play in the media. Why? Arab regimes don’t want to avoid any domestic focus on their security cooperation with Western intelligence agencies whatever the case, even more so when one of those Western intel officers is accused of raping local nationals. So my guess is that the local Middle Eastern papers are practicing self-censorship, not wanting to piss of State Security by printing a story that might sell some extra papers but probably isn’t critical enough to rock the boat.
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