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An immigrant-bashing politician and cable TV talk-show host in Bulgaria is accusing U.S. Ambassador James Warlick of threatening him when he demanded that the United States pay rent for the use of Bulgarian military bases.
He described a confrontation with Mr. Warlick in a restaurant in the capital, Sofia, last week.
Mr. Siderov said he approached the ambassador and presented him with what he called a “bill” for about $1.4 billion in rent that his party calculated the United States should pay for using four Bulgarian military bases.
He claimed the ambassador responded with threats to “destroy” him.
“As a member of the National Assembly of Bulgaria and chairman of a political party, Ataka, I want to inform you of the improper conduct of his excellency James Warlick,” Mr. Siderov wrote in his letter to Mrs. Clinton.
He claimed that Mr. Warlick threw his rent bill onto another table and said “loudly several times, and I quote, ‘I will destroy you.’ “
“I was extremely surprised and asked him, ‘You will destroy me?’ at which point Warlick replied, ‘The U.S. will destroy you.’ “
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James Morrison joined the The Washington Times in 1983 as a local reporter covering Alexandria, Va. A year later, he was assigned to open a Times bureau in Canada. From 1987 to 1989, Mr. Morrison was The Washington Times reporter in London, covering Britain, Western Europe and NATO issues. After returning to Washington, he served as an assistant foreign editor ...
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