- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 16, 2011

A spokesman for Sen. John Kerry told The Washington Times that the senator misspoke Wednesday when he said the U.S. had frozen more than $30 billion of assets belonging to ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

The spokesman for the Massachusetts Democrat said Mr. Kerry mistakenly referred to Mr. Mubarak instead of Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi.

During a question-and-answer session after a speech Wednesday at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, an Egyptian reporter asked Mr. Kerry if the U.S. intended to honor the new Egyptian government’s request to freeze Mr. Mubarak’s assets, saying nothing had yet been done.

“That’s not what I understand,” said Mr. Kerry, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

“I understood we have frozen assets of President Mubarak, somewhere in the vicinity of $31.5 billion. And that includes properties in New York, properties in California, and bank assets, as well as in other parts of the world. But we ourselves — just us — have frozen $31.5 billion.”

• Ben Birnbaum can be reached at 138247@example.com.

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