U.S. diplomat found dead in Madagascar

REUTERS

A suspect is in custody after an American diplomat was found dead at home while serving in Madagascar, the U.S. State Department said on Monday.

Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement the U.S. foreign service officer was found during the overnight hours of Friday. She gave no further details.

“Diplomatic Security is collaborating with local Malagasy authorities on a joint investigation and a suspect is currently in custody,” Nauert said, declining to identify the diplomat out of respect for the family and while an investigation is still underway.

Fox News reports that:

Police spokesperson Herilalatiana Andrianarisaona told Agence France-Press the male suspect was “caught trying to jump the perimeter fence fleeing from the house.”

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14 Responses to U.S. diplomat found dead in Madagascar

  1. Lucille says:

    Whoever this Foreign Service Officer was, R.I.P.

    This fellow may have been the “acting” U.S. Ambassador. We have no permanent Ambassador presently. That position may be one of the hundreds of diplomatic positions the Dems haven’t allowed to be filled yet.

    After my searching in vain as to why the U.S. would have an embassy in Madagascar anyway, it apparently is simply because we’ve had one there since the 1890s. We have no military bases there, though we continue to assist them militarily (why?). It was a French possession at one time; let them handle all that; we could probably save a whole bunch of money.

    France, BTW, is second after the U.S. in the number of diplomatic missions around the world. The U.S. is at 271, France has 267, CHINA IS THIRD AT 258; and, yes, they have an embassy in Madagascar…mmmm, interesting.

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    • M. Claire says:

      We need a good audit of all money spent, and we can start with the IRS. And, this is another example of why we should do exactly that. Past Presidencies have sold out the U.S., and drained our bank accounts. What they’ve done is criminal, re: O’Keefe

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    • czarowniczy says:

      Main reason we have an embassy there is location, location, location. Embassies and consulates are little bastions of diplomacy representing America but one of their MOST important missions is to be little intelligence gathering stations smack in the middle of someone’s sovereign land.
      Embassies gather military, economic, industrial, agricultural – you name it – date and transmit it back to the US. State hosts the military and CIA functions, not always with a warm and fuzzy relationship, and everyone spies on everyone else – and by that I mean the other embassies.
      They perform nicely as operational bases for US interests of all types and a super way of rewarding big shots in the winning party’s ranks and major donors. The ambassadors usually are just figureheads reacting to a script from someone who knows what’s going on. The Chinese and Russians train professional top level ambassadorial staff while the US uses…less professional…means.

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      • Lucille says:

        It was just a had-it-up-to-here comment on my behalf. Of course I know the reasons why we have diplomatic missions in all those 271 spots in the world. LOL! But thanks for not calling me an idiot.

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        • czarowniczy says:

          No, it’s just that most folks don’t have an idea of the full depth and breadth of what any embassy does. Once you work with one it’s an eye opener and you realize why countries limit the places they can be opened.
          Y’all remember when the story about Russia using its embassy to smuggle and bury weapons, ammunition, explosives and communications devices into the US during the Cold War broke?

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      • Ann says:

        Yup its essential for some hack to report on the military, economic and political goings on in Ulan Bator or Gabon. You could close 80% of all embassies and the only one who’d cry are the FSOs and state weenies.

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        • czarowniczy says:

          As long as we have an embassy or consulate in a place we still have a tioe in the pool. Don’t forget that we wouldn’t be the only embassy/consulate in Ulan Bator, other countries do also and that gives our people a chance to interact with them.
          If we have an embassy in Ulan Bator we aren’t only looking at the Mongolians but will try to compromise agents of 3rd countries there. If the embassy in Ulan gets an embassy official from, let’s say, Cuba to flip then we have a source there that has access to Cuban information to some degree across the entire Cuban foreign policy spectrum.
          Let’s go back to Benghazi – you remember the diagram of the compound with those unidentified buildings? Good places for folks like NSA/CIA/DIA etc to set up shops inside of foreign countries – smack on inviolate US sovereign soil inside of a foreign nation.
          Remember when the Iranians broke into the US embassy in Tehran and found so much classified info that wasn’t really diplomatic stuff? More of the same.
          Embassies and consulates provide more that just ‘howdy howdy, this is who we are’ services, they’re like having your own little spy ship moored in a foreign country.

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        • czarowniczy says:

          Zactly – she’s there primarily because she’s a Kennedy. Can anyone honestly tell me there aren’t far more qualified people who don’t have a ‘political dynasty’ name that could do that job better? Russians have a school that professionally educates potential top level foreign office staff, they even learn to speak and function in their host nation’s language. Compare that to our ambassadorial staff.

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        • czarowniczy says:

          Yes, by gum, and we gots Jimmy:

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    • czarowniczy says:

      We assist them militarily because we don’t want anyone else to and it gives us a solid internal contact with their military at all of the important levels. The more ‘friends’ we have in any given strategic area the better.

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      • Ann says:

        Oh my God, imagine what an asset the military of this nation would be to our enemies.

        Based on this worldview I pray every night that China and Russia make Venezuela a completely support client state along with Congo, Yemen, Pakistan, New Guinea, Haiti and
        most of Africa. The complete collapse of communism would take about a month, if we could also include the universities in America on this list.

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        • czarowniczy says:

          We have teams in ‘friendly’ countries training their military, Army SF has that as one of their primary missions. Brits do the same as do the French, it serves multiple functions.
          Main problem is that we can never be sure when some of these countries will just up and flip to the other side. Africa has started leaning away from Russia/US towards China and China’s offering, among infrastructure aid packages, military assistance. It’s what’s done.

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  2. M. Claire says:

    May His Shalom – Peace be upon his family, friends, and loved ones. May He give them comfort in the innermost part of their being. All brave soldiers who die in battle gain glorious life after death in Kingdom to come, I pray for comfort and healing, during this time of grief and loss, So sorry to hear.

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