Diplomat With Sexy Blog Should Be Canned, Says Fuming State Department Worker

Claire Gordon
Jennifer Santiago diplomat blog fired
Jennifer Santiago diplomat blog fired

The State Department is firing a 24-year veteran Foreign Service Officer, in part, because of his extracurricular blogging. And he's not happy about it. Peter Van Buren claims that he is the victim of "selective persecution," since lots of Foreign Service Officers blog in their free time in ways that seem to violate State Department policy. Take, for example, Jennifer Santiago, a former model, who is now an award-winning journalist and budding foreign service officer. Her blog is full of provocative pics and, he claims, revealing details about her assignments.

The State is currently in the process of firing Van Buren for various offenses, including posting classified information on his blog, and linking to Wikileaks. He's apparently guilty of "poor judgment and notoriously disgraceful conduct," which he says is fair enough, "at least if State applied the rules equitably."