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Is State Dept buying Samira Ibrahim’s farcical ‘I was hacked’ excuse?


The Weekly Standard reported that Secretary of State John Kerry was planning to honor an anti-American Egyptian woman whose Twitter account contains multiple tweets endorsing terrorism against the US and Israel.

The honoree, Samira Ibrahim, asserts that her Twitter account was hacked even though the tweets in question appeared over a period of months and were never deleted.

Can anyone be stupid enough to buy that excuse?

According to State Department reporter Nicole Gaouette, the answer to that question is “Yes.”

Yes, really. “State officials tell me they’ve looked at 1000s of her tweets & believe her account was hacked,” she tweeted.

Indeed, Gaouette herself seems open to the possibility that Ibrahim is telling the truth.

@elilake @jeffreygoldberg — she herself reportedly says her twitter account was hacked. have you spoken to / interviewed her?

— Nicole Gaouette (@nicolegaouette) March 7, 2013

Times of Israel blogger Arieh Kovler, on the other hand, is pretty sure that Ibrahim is full of you know what — and he makes a very compelling case.

Thankfully, the State Department is going to delay the award ceremony.

State Dept:We’re going to defer presenting women of courage award to Egyptian Samira Ibrahim, will review her alleged anti-Semitic remarks

— Hannah Allam (@HannahAllam) March 7, 2013

Will State officials use the extra time to seek guidance from a noted hacking expert?

“Whole thing appears to be faked” RT @drewmtips: Has anyone asked @howardkurtz yet what he thinks about Ibrahim’s claim of being hacked?

— AG (@AG_Conservative) March 7, 2013

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