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Eric Edelman: 'No Place' That Is Not 'High Threat' for US Envoys

By    |   Friday, 06 Mar 2015 11:20 AM

U.S. ambassadors are finding it increasingly challenging to balance their officials duties with ensuring their security, former U.S. Ambassador to Turkey Eric Edelman said Friday during an appearance on Newsmax TV's "America's Forum," where he discussed the knife attack this week on Mark Lippert, the U.S. ambassador to South Korea.

"All U.S. ambassadors currently serving have to be a bit more concerned about their security than they might have been in the past," he said.

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Lippert worked dutifully to "be the public face of the United States in Korea to help our public image there," he said, but found himself outside the range of a protective detail.

An anti-U.S. activist attacked Lippert on Thursday during a public event. He received 80 stitches and suffered nerve damage to his wrist and finger.

"We triage our posts according to the level of the threat," Edelman said. "When I was in Turkey I had a protective detail because it was a high-threat post. When I was ambassador in Finland, I walked around all by my lonesome because there was no real threat against the U.S. ambassador.

"Unfortunately, what we're learning is that in the modern day and age, there is absolutely no place now that's not high threat to U.S. ambassadors."

Limited resources combined with an ambassador's job description — to "be the face of the country and to make appearances — make it impossible to screen every audience an ambassador is going to appear before," he said.

"I went and spoke at a number of universities in Turkey in part because they were the most hostile audiences," he said. "There's no point in really preaching to the converted. There's always a risk that when you do that, someone is going to slip through the screen who is going to be a potential threat. I think that's just a reality that we have to live with."

Edelman predicted that the Lippert attack will be the subject of reviews by the State Department and the Diplomatic Security Bureau.

"The problem we've gone through historically in the State Department is that we go up a level when there has been an attack ... and the Department of State tends to get re-purposed to other things until the next event."

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