- Another suicide covered up at the State Department.
State Department insiders are reporting another suicide of a State Department
employee involved with Middle East policy. Although WMR is still trying
to obtain the name of the deceased official, we can report that she worked
in the Press and Public Diplomacy Branch of the State Department's Near
East and South Asia Bureau.
- On November 7, 2003, State Department Bureau of Intelligence
and Research chief Iraqi analyst John J. Kokal was reported to have committed
suicide by jumping head first to his death from the secured roof of the
State Department's headquarters. A few weeks later, a former CIA official,
Dr. Gus Weiss, an opponent of the Iraq war, reportedly jumped to his death
from the Watergate complex, just a few blocks from the State Department.
- Both Kokal and the recent State Department suicide were
later reported by senior department officials to be despondent over "personal"
issues. However, in both cases, the State Department instituted an information
blockade on details surrounding the deaths.