- By Joshua Keating
Joshua Keating is associate editor at Foreign Policy and the editor of the Passport blog. He has worked as a researcher, editorial assistant, and deputy Web editor since joining the FP staff in 2007. In addition to being featured in Foreign Policy, his writing has been published by the Washington Post, Newsweek International, Radio Prague, the Center for Defense Information, and Romania's Adevarul newspaper. He has appeared as a commentator on CNN International, C-Span, ABC News, Al Jazeera, NPR, BBC radio, and others. A native of Brooklyn, New York, he studied comparative politics at Oberlin College.
"And you! I’ve no evidence against you. But it would seem you’re a paedophile. Who told me? I have an absolute conviction. I’ve seen the intelligence reports but I won’t tell you which ones; I’ve seen someone but I won’t tell you who, and it was word of mouth. But I have an absolute conviction you’re a paedophile … Can you explain yourself?"
After a 10-minute diatribe against various journalists, during which he kept returning to the paedophile analogy, he walked off declaring: "See you tomorrow, paedophile friends."
Well that should throw them off the trail.
While reading Eric Pape’s informative profile of new French Foreign Minister Michele Alliot-Marie, I was struck by the fact that she’s managed to keep such a low international profile despite her remarkable rise to power and pulling off the first ever ministerial "grand slam" — she’s headed the Justice, Interior, Defense, and Foreign Ministeries — in French history. It seems to be largely because she’s remarkably managed to rise to the highest levels of French government without a major personal scandal, accusation of political malfeasance, or high-profile feud.