Gay diplomat in Los Angeles may have a case, but little support in the Arab world

Published: September 13, 2010

Damage control in the digital age can be a challenge, especially when you’re ultra-conservative Saudi Arabia and one of your diplomats just applied for asylum in the United States on the grounds that he’s gay and friends with a Jewish woman.

The story of Ali Ahmed Aseeri’s plea for protection was originally broken on Saturday by NBC, which quoted e-mails from Aseeri as well as a letter he allegedly posted on an unnamed Saudi website in which he described his country as "backwards" and claimed his life was in danger.

Aseeri, who is secretary of the Saudi consulate in Los Angeles, also threatened to disclose sensitive information about the Saudi Royal family to the U.S. media.

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