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Monday, July 8, 2013

You don't pull the mask off that old Lone Ranger . . . Until Now

Tired of being an anonymous superhero of the internet, and having people question my bonafides as a former FSO. I, thereby, announce an end to my anonymous existence . . .

My name is W. Lewis Amselem. I joined the Foreign Service in 1978 and left it about two years ago fed up beyond all possible limits with the Obama disaster. I had an increasingly hard time going to work and pretending that morons spoke wisdom.

You can Google me and you will find stories about me, some true, some false, some just weird. BTW, there is a fake Facebook account with my name; pay no attention to that. I do not and will never have a Facebook account.

There, I have done it. The bandage mask has been ripped off.

Tonto, we ride . . . let your sister Elizabeth Warren know we are on our way . . .

WLA

79 comments:

  1. A fiery horse with the speed of light, a cloud of dust, and a hearty "Hi-ho, Silver, away!" The Lone Ranger!

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    1. I forget who said once, "An intellectual is somebody who can listen to the 'William Tell Overture' without thinking of the Lone Ranger." I am not an intellectual.

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    2. Scottish comedian Billy Connolly said it, I was just reminded.

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  2. So you're Sephardi ?

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  3. Found a picture. You look a lot better than I expected. :-/

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  4. Damn! I was almost certain you were Percy Blakeney.

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    1. Ah! As a kid I loved listening to the radio serial, "The Scarlet Pimpernel." Maybe subconsciously that stayed with me . . .

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    2. Sink me! The Diplomad is unmasked!

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  5. Well! Delighted to meet you, Lewis! :) At last we know the man behind the Mask! :D

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  6. Also saw a picture, it was at some meeting. You had the "I'm going to kick the Honorableness's butt" look on you face, impressed. Well good to know you. I'm sure with your background you labor under no illusions about your former employers, watch your back. Look forward to more posts.

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  7. DM, I always trusted you. No need to (ahem) come out, as you have. But I salute your intestinal fortitude in doing so. Sort of a "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!" moment for you. I like the pictures I've seen of you on line. A no nonsense kind of guy. My kind of guy.

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    1. I had completely forgotten about the pictures. My friends at the NSA had assured me that they had removed all of them . . . or maybe they said they would "remove" anybody who looked at them . . . one or the other.

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  8. Now you've ruined the whole mystique for me. I refuse to search for a photo because I might find you with Helen Thomas in your lap, giggling like schoolgirls. And there is not enough brain-bleach in the world for that.

    Ooopps... call off the dogs!

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    1. Yes, Helen was actually quite nice. She thought everything was funny.

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  9. Good for you! I feel the same, tired of feeling I have to hide or the thought/Internet/twitter police will smack me down. I'm a conservative living in Portland, Or, so this is a real fear.

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  10. It was about time !!!! I am very proud of you.

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    1. The Diplowife reveals herself! Arrgh! What else is going to happen today?

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    2. Shall I introduce her to the Sanhedrin? (Big Evil Grin)

      (no worries, I doubt they take calls from shabbas goyim, even for a really good joke...)

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    3. Mrs. DiploMad! So delighted to "meet" you. We have heard many stories of you from your other (lesser) half. He always describes you in a very favorable light. Always respectful and such a gentleman.

      (Did I overdo that DM?)

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  11. Nice to meet you. But you'll always be "Dip" to me. . .

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  12. Thanks for your honesty and truthfulness...virtues in short supply in our world today. Happy to "meet" you!

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  13. Haha, almost the first site that popped up on google was “Lewis Amselem, Friend of Rapists, Scum”. Wow- the leftist really hate you. It surely recommends you for me!

    I would disagree gently with prior commentators; you write better than you look.

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    1. Finally an honest man! Yes, one day I will tell my side of the story about that "rapist" nonsense. Some of it might still be classified, so I have to be careful.

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    2. Being despised by the despicable is almost as good as being admired by the admirable. Now that I know not just who you are but also who your enemies are, I respect you even more. Thank you for your service to the country.

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    3. Yes, I saw that site first too, and had the same thoughts, that if the Kos Kiddies and their ilk hate you, you are most likely doing something very right.

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  14. You're a braver man than I, Mr. Amselem. I also followed your name and note with SidVic the Left's hatred for you. Keep up the good work. I'll continue to read your blog with a great deal of interest.

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    1. Yes, the leftoids have had it in for me for a time.

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  15. Gutsy move given the hate from the Obama admin to his critics.
    Look for an IRS audit.
    Look for a break in to your home or office with your laptop stolen.
    Look for harassment from local government if they are dependent upon a crazy quilt of largess from the Feds, and which local govt isn't?
    Look for strangers letting you know they know your name and where you live.

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    1. I would like to look for a book by Mr. Amselem about his career as an FSO. Hopefully DiploMad revealing his secret identity is a step in that direction.

      Reading about DiploMad's time in Central America reminded me of the Warren Zevon song, "The Envoy".

      "Things got hot in El Salvador
      CIA got caught and couldn't do no more
      He's got diplomatic immunity
      He's got a lethal weapon that nobody sees
      Looks like another threat to world peace
      For the envoy
      Send the envoy
      Send the envoy"

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    2. Ach du lieber, mein hern anon, you forgot the nasty "swatting" technique, which happened to Krebsonsecurity, for getting too close to exposing the Russian internet mafia or some similar such internet frauds and creeps.

      But I'm sure we worry too much, after all, a famous DOS sweetheart proclaimed the famous "Why don't we all chill out and just get along" comment in the heat of harsh conflict, her attempt at oiling the troubled regime's conflicted waters: I believe it specifically goes: "What difference, at this point, does it make?" Shrilly Clinton. (Hell, it's practically my new motto, especially when talking to libs) Then again, there is the "Nakoula Basseley Nakoula" technique, plus just the old mafia rubber hose, too, the electric wires, etc.

      And I think they feel that way about Snowden already, too, don't they? Just ignoring him, after all, "what difference, at this point, does it make"?

      And by the way, for all to worry, I'm sure unless one uses multiple anonomous global servers, each one of us has been traced, that anyone desires to trace.

      Now I get myself in trouble. Dip, revealed or not, you're my kind of people, in all good ways. I feel like an important event occurred today, and hope your last paragraph was prophetic.

      One hell of a great CV, BTW--WOW! And the beat goes on! Kinda spectacular day today, far as I'm concerned.
      Jack

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  16. Well done brave soul!

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  17. So when are you going to start writing books?

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  18. Unable to restrain myself, I hit images.google.com almost immediately. Interesting. You don't look wild and crazy.

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  19. My, someone who seems rather red, or at least pink, over in the UK really doesn't like you. You must have done many things right.

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    1. There are a whole bunch of them who don't like me. I have clashed with the pinks/reds since day one in the Foreign Service.

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    2. Amazing you lasted this long. More than once I have contemplated the foreign service and decided, "Hell, no, I wouldn't last three days.

      Note to self, the Balboan Diplomatic Corps could use someone named W. L. Amselem.

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  20. I enjoy your commentary whether anonymous or not, but I admire you for unmasking. What does it say about Obama's America that simply revealing your name and connecting it to conservative opinions feels like an act of bravery?

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  21. As one of your "6 regular readers" (how many exponents do we add to the 6?), I congratulate you for your bravery. The misadministration has probably already sent out its legions of tax auditors and SWAT teams to your door! Slay them with your pen!

    The damage is already done! For example, every time I see a photo or story on Susan Rice, I am reminded of your recollections from Africa. I have told dozens and dozens of people that story!

    Keep 'em coming, sir!

    Respectfully,

    Silvie B.

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  22. In from the cold, eh? Welcome. :)
    (But you'll always be The Diplomad to me)

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  23. Damn glad to meet ya. A brave man to let the powers have it. Then let them Know you.

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  24. OK, the silly thing won't let me sign in, so I will do this as "anonymous".

    Spent 28 years as a Peace Officer in an intensely corrupt polity. Taught my officers that you were known by the quality of your enemies.

    Having the current regime, the Heimatsicherheitsdienst, the IRS, and the NSA on that list speaks well of you.

    Subotai Bahadur

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  25. Named or Anonymous, keep writing the way you do, I'll keep reading.

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  26. You definitely should write some books! I think you have been a real treasure of insight.

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  27. Your blog is simply a delight. Great attitude, depth of experience and just the right touch of sarcasim. Would like to hear more of your thoughts of Guyana.

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    1. I was just going to write something about Guyana, sex, and visas.

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  28. WOW! Lots of Leftists groups really have a hardon for you.
    I guess that's good enough bonafides for me to buy you a beer if you ever come to San Diego.

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    1. Oh yeah. They have dogged me my whole career. I refused to take their BS and fired back at them. They are not used to that.

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  29. What's the W for? Seems like you're still hiding a LOT, mister.

    Teasing.

    Good for you, must feel good. I agree with everything you write and enjoy the experience, always. What will the sicko Leftoids do with this information? An audit seems positively dull at this point.

    Shalom, brother.

    From Sister Sally in Birmingham – can never remember how to sign in except as Anon.

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  30. Nice to meet you, sir! Best of luck to you. You are a brave man. I'm also a former FSO, and very much enjoy your blog.

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    1. Hi, Anonymous. I'm viewer number 7. Had a short and ignominious FS career myself, too.Kepha

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  31. Were you the original Diplomad? What made you stop blogging the first time?

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    1. I got a lot of heat from folks at State.

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    2. I figured as such. It was a bit of look for us outside the State Dept a look inside, and I figured they came down on you about that. :-(

      Please keep up with the tales and trails of an FSO. Your writings about your past are fresh and exciting to read.

      I swear I am viewer number 5. I followed Dip's first blog.
      I showed it to a lefty, and he had a vein bulging out of his head by the time he finished a single post. I recall his only comment, "That's nothing more than mental masturbation". I thought to myself, is that the best he could do. Not dispute that facts? Only to state the author was somehow showboating?

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    3. Did you keep your old archives? There was some good writing in there.

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  32. Very nice to meet you and your shadow self, Dip.

    V

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  33. I was hoping for Hillary Clinton. What a let-down.

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  34. I kept wondering who you were, back before you went on your hiatus.. I didn't know you were back to blogging until a couple weeks ago, and suddenly this!
    Even if facts currently held secret related to those wacky top google hit on your name come out, they wont get in the way of a good lefty virtual lynching. It's enough for them that you appear conservative.

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  35. The NSA, CIA, FBI and Obama For America will probably be at your door tomorrow, sir. You are a credit to our country and I wish you well when the regime comes to take you away. j/k

    That will never happen in the USA....well hasn't happened that much, except for Japanese on the west coast during WWII, slaves who escaped to free states.

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  36. I'm wondering what kind of thoughts were going through your mind as you pressed that publication key revealing your identity?
    Did you double check your prior postings to be double-trebly confident that none of these absurdly presumptive moonbat groups could come back at you with anything out of the past?
    Or was it dominated with some sense of "ahh... that phase is now over"?

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    1. Good questions. Yes, I thought about it, but my wife said, "Screw 'em!" My name was already getting out there, so might as well open the door all the way. I have been very careful with classified info so there's nothing they could get me on there. There are all sorts of neat stories I will likely never be able to tell because I do take seriously my oath to protect classified info.

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  37. I keep my "anonymity" because I like to rant against Islam and Obama, and my liberal family and friends would be so embarrassed, or else drop me from their social list. The NSA, IRS, TSA, FBI, etc. other nasties, already know who I am, and I don't care. Come and get me.

    Diplomad, you are a terrific writer, and I hope you do a collected "Best of Diplomad" and put it on kindle. As I mentioned previously a few months or years ago, "The Vultures of the UN" re the tsunami just blew me away. As a fervent Zionist, I've hated the UN for decades, and your article really confirmed what I had only suspected. You are an updated Retief. You should be on kindle.

    I've already forgotten your real name. You will always be Diplomad to me.

    Best wishes,

    Promethea

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  38. After reposting some of your best @ 'Diogenes Middle Finger', I'm glad to finally be able to put a name to your words. I've enjoyed your writing, as do my readers. Thank You Mr Amselem.
    You are a regular stop on my daily reads.

    Jan

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    1. I am honored. I love your blog.

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    2. Well your 6 regular readership has grown! Good. Any way if you're ever in Texas or need a favor (you should have my e mail address) let me know. Like I said earlier watch your back.

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  39. Well, well, not really quite sure WHAT to think about this turn of events. Part of me is thrilled you made the leap to horseback, part of me (the mommy part) worries about what this will mean for complicating your life. Wishing you ALL the best America still has to offer you.

    Guess you know there's more than a few of us devotees out here now. I refuse to google anything, they all lie anyway. I'll keep you in my heart always as the delightful, honorable Dip.

    LibertyGrace'sGrandma

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  40. Nope...sorry.

    We were in different places at different times.

    Although I'm sure we knew some of the same people.

    Bilgeman

    {Lose the "W."...it sounds like you're a real-estate tycoon-turned-Ambo or something.
    Unless of course you actually ARE a real-estate tycoon-turned-Ambo.)

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  41. I was "W" before "W" became "W". Actually it stands for Winston, but that was a horrid name to have as a child because of the cigarette TV commercials. I dropped it and when I joined the Foreign Service they resurrected "Winston." The compromise was W. And I do consider myself a bit of a real estate tycoon, thank you very much.

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    1. "Winston Lewis"? Wow...that's almost as Anglo a pair of first and middle monikers as my own.

      Hey...it could have been worse. They could have dubbed you "Tarreyton",and then intermediate school would have been even more of a small slice of Hell,(only people of a certain age will get that reference).

      Nice to meet you Mr. Amselem...sorry for scowling at you in that traffic jam in Tyson's...I assure you that it wasn't personal,(at least mostly).

      Bilgeman

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  42. I remember being crest fallen when you "disappeared" ...you were so missed..then by chance.found you again..Oh, Joy!!!! I ,too, wish you would write a book...or something on Kindle...you truly have a..gift.

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  43. Thank you for your continued writing. It is a more contemporary counterpart to the fiction written by Keith Laumer, a former Vice-Consul, in his "Retief" series of short stories with the Corps Diplomatique Terrestrienne.

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  44. It is an honor to read your blog and thank your for your service to our nation. I wish you had resigned in a huff like some did over the Iraq war, except making your cause celebre the investigation of Obama's passport records by DS or State OIG. [They did investigate those who dared to peek, just not the man with a questionable past]. I am suspicious that the burglars who stole the records from the law firm of Anne Fedenisn, the IG whistleblower, were concerned she might have something on that investigation.

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