High ranking officials from the US State Department are said to have engaged in inappropriate sexual behavior in Iraq, as alleged by a foreign service officer, the Daily Mail reported.
Peter Van Buren, a prominent blogger and State Department veteran, published his findings on his personal blog post on Wednesday and claimed there to be a video of two US officials committing sexual acts on the roof of Baghdad's Republican Palace, the report said.
On his blog entitled Rule No. 1: It's Poor Judgment to Talk about Fight Club, Van Buren has posted several uncompromising photographs of the diplomats, which he believed was taken during the occupation of Iraq.
What if a video existed that showed a prominent State Department VIP on the roof of the Republican Palace in Baghdad receiving, um, pleasure of an oral nature from another State Department officer not his wife, or even his journalist mistress of the time?, the whistleblower posted on his blog.
What if that video has been passed around among Marine Security Guards at the Embassy to the point where it is considered 'viral' with many copies made? What if the Deputy Chief of Mission, hand in hand with the Diplomatic Security chief (RSO) at the time, decided that the whole thing needed to be swept under the rug and made to go away, at least until some blogger got a hold of it.
Van Buren has refused to reveal the identity of the officials involved, BuzzFeed said. However, the blogger cited several clues in his post, mostly pointing to Brett McGurk, a potential ambassador to Iraq, the website noted. He also claimed that the officials held drunken parties in Islamic war zones, and there was a foreign service officer who had a tryst with Playboy magazine.
BuzzFeed has reportedly sent inquiries to both the state Department and McGurk, to which neither have responded to.
According to the Daily Mail, the whistleblower had a 23-year old tenure at the State Department and was fired over the allegations he made over the agency in his new book: We Meant Well: How I helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People.