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By Andrew P. Napolitano
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Amina Arraf
A 40-year-old American man living in Scotland said Monday he's sorry for posing as a Syrian lesbian blogger who offered vivid accounts of life amid revolt and repression in Damascus, a hoax that has exposed the difficulty of sifting truth from fiction online.
The existence of a blogger who claimed to be a Syrian-American lesbian came into question on Wednesday after a woman in Britain said photographs circulating on the Internet were of her, not the blogger supposedly in Damascus.
A Syrian-American lesbian blogger known for her frank posts about her sexuality and her open criticism of President Bashar Assad's autocratic rule was detained after weeks on the run in the Syrian capital, her cousin and an activist said Tuesday.
Reporters in Virginia, where Arraf claimed to have grown up, could find no trace of her or her family.
"We were going from one place to another so my dad and I went as husband and much younger wife; me covered, veiled...we hit a government block and he claimed...as though he were a Syrian expat...that our papers were in our hotel and started arguing with one guy," she wrote in an email dated May 23.