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Understanding journalist Nir Rosen's relationship with the Syrian regime.

4:47 PM, Mar 19, 2012 • By LEE SMITH
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Rosen writes that the emails that contain his name “are certainly real.” Khaled al-Ahmad’s email to Assad says that Rosen told him about foreign journalists in Homs, and yet Rosen argues that he “did not inform on journalists who were already in Syria.” Since Rosen has himself authenticated the emails about him, it is difficult to escape the conclusion that either he or Ahmad is not telling the truth. Maybe Ahmad is purposefully lying—after all, he is part of a regime that traffics in murder, so why wouldn’t he lie? Or maybe Ahmad just misremembers the source of his information. But it is unclear why in either case he would randomly drag Rosen’s name into his correspondence with Bashar al-Assad.

Rosen should clear up the further ambiguities his defense has raised. 

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