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The Cairo Embassy's controversial statement about "abuse" of free speech was written by a senior public affairs officer and approved by the Chargé d'affaires. A draft of the statement was sent to the State Department; officials there recommended against it but the statement was posted anyway.
Larry Schwartz is the senior public affairs officer at the Cairo Embassy. He drafted the statement and oversaw staff who tweeted it out line by line on the Embassy's account. According to a detailed report the statement was approved by Deputy Chief of Mission Marc Sievers, who was placed in charge of Embassy affairs while the Egyptian Ambassador, Anne Patterson, was away in Washington, D.C.
Before the statement went public, a draft was sent to individuals at the State Department. They told Schwartz not to publish it as currently written, saying it "was not a good statement and that it needed major revisions." However, Schwartz ignored the advice and published the statement anyway. And that's when things got really interesting