Akayev Fell for Hoax Letter

by Laurence on 3/31/2005 · 4 comments

Zaman online quotes the fallen president citing a widely-circulated hoax (the bad English, apparently written by a Russian-speaker, marked it as a forgery according to those who have read it) as evidence the US conspired to oust him:

The overthrown President of Kyrgyzstan Asker Akayev has said that the revolution was encouraged by foreign powers, including the US Ambassador.

Akayev told BBC Radio, “The warriors, criminals and drug addicts that acted against me were supported by foreign powers.”

Akayev claimed that the radical opposition in Kyrgyzstan, had been supported by outside interests. “There are international organizations supporting the revolution in Kyrgyzstan and giving financial aid,” Akayev said, “I saw a letter signed by the US Ambassador to Kyrgyzstan on the Internet one week before the events. The letter contained details of the revolution. The new Kyrgyz administration has announced a presidential election scheduled for June 26th, but the voting will not be legitimate. I have not resigned my post and am still the legitimate leader of this country.”

You can watch the Akayev interview on the BBC by clicking on the video link on this page.

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Nathan March 31, 2005 at 9:44 am

The lesson I draw from this is that I can make low-quality statements of policy and fake-out world leaders.

So frickin’ sweet.

Laurence March 31, 2005 at 9:49 am

Unless Akayev forged it himself, or one of his supporters did…Either alternative is somehow disturbing. Doesn’t anyone check anything out before acting, anymore?

jonathan p March 31, 2005 at 1:06 pm

That is sweet. Let’s see … which world leader shall I toy with today? …

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