Elizabeth O'Bagy, whose Wall Street Journal opinion piece
was cited by Secretary of State John Kerry in congressional hearings about Syria, has been fired from her job for lying about her credentials.
The senior analyst at the Institute for the Study of War falsely claimed to have a Ph.D. from Georgetown.
O’Bagy wrote in her Aug. 30 op-ed for The Journal that Muslim extremists don't dominate the Syrian rebel war effort.
Kerry recommended O'Bagy's article to members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee during testimony last week, Politico reports
. Sen. John McCain had earlier talked about the piece, calling it "an important op-ed by Dr. Elizabeth O'Bagy."
As for O'Bagy's fib, "The Institute for the Study of War has learned and confirmed that, contrary to her representations, Ms. Elizabeth O’Bagy does not in fact have a Ph.D. degree from Georgetown University," the organization said in a statement
. "ISW has accordingly terminated Ms. O’Bagy’s employment, effective immediately."
O'Bagy told Politico that she already defended her Ph.D. dissertation and was waiting for Georgetown to award her the degree.
The Journal issued a clarification about the piece related to a separate issue. Originally, the paper identified O'Bagy only as "a senior analyst” at the ISW. In the clarification it added that O'Bagy is affiliated with the Syrian Emergency Task Force, which subcontracts with the U.S. and British governments to provide aid to the Syrian opposition.
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