State Department
Employee Suicide
Going Unreported?

By Wayne Madsen
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.



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