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Does kidnapped U.S. lesbian blogger Amina Arraf in Syria actually exist?

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posted on Jun, 10 2011 @ 02:17 AM
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The reported kidnap of a U.S. lesbian blogger in Syria has come into question after a woman in Britain claimed that photos being used to call for her release are actually her. Thousands of campaigners joined protest groups after media outlets across the world reported that Amina Arraf, a blogger known for her frank posts about her sexuality and her open criticism of President Bashar Assad had been detained.

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Other questions have arisen over the identity of the blog's author. A London woman, Jelena Lecic, issued a statement saying that photographs that had been published and widely circulated as being of Araf were in fact of her. The Guardian removed a picture after it received a complaint from Lecic, replacing it with another image supplied directly to the paper last month by the blog's author. That picture has also been removed following a second complaint from Lecic, pending an investigation.

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According to Ismail, Arraf was last seen on Monday being bundled into a car by three men in civilian clothes as she was on her way to meet someone at the activist Local Coordination Committees. Ismail said a friend accompanying her was nearby and saw what happened. The activist with the Local Coordination Committees, a group which helps document the protests calling for an end to the Assad regime, had confirmed to the AP yesterday that Arraf was taken. The activist spoke on condition of anonymity, fearing retribution from the regime. Today, the same activist said the group had "no independent confirmation" and had reported it based on the cousin's blog entry, and from two people who claimed to be friends but who also got the information from the blog. "As far as we know, nobody's emerged who has actually met her," the activist said.

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Makes you wonder who is behind this, fabricating stories such as this one.
Is everything being fabricated to bend public opinion the way "they" want it to be angled?

Seems like the cookie is crumbling faster than expected.

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posted on Jun, 10 2011 @ 02:56 AM
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It's a pity there appear only to be the same images of her floating around that I can find.

Was going to just call baloney hoohoo, but checking google images and not having enough knowledge on the issue at all, I can't find images that define each of the individuals separately.

Huh...



posted on Jun, 10 2011 @ 03:08 AM
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It would appear to me that it is indeed a hoax....but not one started by the Government, with an agenda. It appears to just be something started by the person claiming to be her 'cousin'. It wouldn't be the first time some anonymous person has started something huge from nothing more than a hoax. It appears as though both the Media and the State Department are two of the main groups calling the reality of this girl into question...I doubt they'd be doing that if they were behind the hoax......that is unless the hoax, is a hoax...and it's some sort of complicated psy ops program, where they only WANT us to believe she's not real....an enigma wrapped in a riddle, and covered in Nacho Cheese!........huh?....Oh sorry I'm hungry right now.



posted on Jun, 10 2011 @ 03:30 AM
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lets hope it is a hoax as if its true and this is how stupid people can be then we must all be doomed.



posted on Jun, 12 2011 @ 08:34 PM
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Someone came clean on this one..


'Gay Girl In Damascus' Turns Out To Be An American Man


As soon as "Free Amina" groups popped up on Facebook and the State Department began looking for her, the story began to seem a lot like fiction. No one had ever talked to Amina. The Guardian published a profile of her June 7 that included a picture they soon found out wasn't Amina but of a Londoner called Jelena Lecic. The biographical details in her blog posts did not check out. Amina Arraf couldn't be found in any public records in Georgia or Virginia and the names of her father and mother also turned up nothing.

Today, the Gay Girl In Damascus blog ended the mystery, posting an apology that revealed Amina was in fact the work of Tom MacMaster, an American from Georgia whose university records show is in a medieval studies graduate program at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.

On the blog, he wrote:

I never expected this level of attention. While the narrative vo?ce may have been fictional, the facts on th?s blog are true and not m?sleading as to the situation on the ground. I do not believe that I have harmed anyone — I feel that I have created an important voice for issues that I feel strongly about.



posted on Jun, 13 2011 @ 10:34 AM
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A good example of why you should never trust something written on the internet unless you can get a definite answer on whether or not the author exists.

That rules about 97% of websites the members of this site use, but I digress.



posted on Jun, 13 2011 @ 10:39 AM
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Libyan bombing civilians turned out to be a hoax, so maybe the whole Syria thing is a hoax too. But since they aren't bombing Syria (why not, what's good for the goose is good for the gander) maybe Syria really is bombing civilians and the MSM just doesn't want to talk about it.



posted on Jun, 13 2011 @ 10:39 AM
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Originally posted by Dnevnoi
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A good example of why you should never trust something written on the internet unless you can get a definite answer on whether or not the author exists.

That rules about 97% of websites the members of this site use,
I couldnt agree more...thank you



posted on Jun, 13 2011 @ 10:48 AM
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Nope she's a confirmed fake here meet the 40 year old 'straight' guy who played ya

beyond.blogs.france24.com...


How a straight guy in Edinburgh seduced us with 'A Gay Girl in Damascus' Until Monday, ‘Gay Girl in Damascus’ was one of Syria’s most popular English-speaking bloggers, a 35-year-old lesbian activist in fear of the regime. Today, she’s a 40-year-old American man, a certain Tom MacMaster, based in Scotland. Duped? We were.

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