A growing database of US State Department cables (and other items) from places I have served. To increase public awareness of how diplomacy is (was) actually done. All cable posts cleared through the USG FOIA procedure.
Most postings will be cables sent under my name from my posts but also others I was directly involved in. I'll also include occasional notes and background. Most recent in series on top.
Thursday, March 9, 2017
99 Brasilia 02961: Country Clearance for DUS of Labor Andrew Samet and Jorge Perez-Lopez*
*Note: Generally speaking, no one from the USG is allowed to visit a country without first getting the Embassy's approval via a "country clearance." These will also convey basic information that the official visitor should be aware of in order to avoid problems.