Embassy Row: Terrorist defamed?

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One of the world’s most-wanted terrorist leaders is suing two Pakistani journalists for reporting that he met with the U.S. ambassador to Pakistan.

Hafiz Mohammad Saeed claims the reporters damaged his reputation as a fierce Islamist enemy of the United States.

His attorney, A.K. Dogar, insisted that Saeed never met with Ambassador Cameron Munter and said his client sees the United States as the “murderer of millions of Muslims and an enemy of Pakistan.”

The U.S. Embassy in Pakistan also denied that any such meeting took place.

Nazir Naji, a columnist for the Pakistani daily newspaper, Jang, and Amir Mir, a reporter for The News, wrote that Saeed met with Mr. Munter last month, after the United States on April 3 announced a $10 million reward for the arrest of the founder of the Pakistani-based terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LET).

Mr. Naji, who broke the story, wrote that “some extremist elements” arranged the meeting and that Saeed left “satisfied” with whatever Mr. Munter reportedly told him.

LET is blamed for several attacks against India, including a three-day assault on Mumbai in November 2008 that killed 166 and wounded more than 300. The group is also on terrorist lists in Australia, Britain, the European Union, India and Russia.

‘SIMPLY BAFFLING’

A conservative German politician and a liberal American diplomat became lifelong friends in the early 1990s, when he attended Georgetown University where she taught courses in international affairs.

Alexander Graf Lambsdorff returned to Georgetown last week as a graduation speaker and told the story of first meeting the formidable Madeleine K. Albright, who would later serve as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and as the first female secretary of state.

Mr. Lambsdorff took her course in U.S.-Soviet relations and found the Czech-born, naturalized American to be an “inspiring, hands-on teacher and a really nice person, too.”

He recalled that Mrs. Albright would invite her students to her West Virginia farm for barbecue cookouts or her Georgetown home for lasagna.

Mr. Lambsdorff, however, found another invitation “simply baffling.”

Mrs. Albright had several of her students to her home for a discussion on sexual harassment.

“It was a delicate matter to be sure, but Professor Albright simply declared in class that, while no one was admitting it, everyone was concerned about the issue …,” he said.

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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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