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Elizabeth O'Bagy

An American Syria expert, whose research was cited by Sen. John McCain and Secretary of State John Kerry during Senate testimony against Syria, has been fired from her position at the Institute for the Study of War for lying about having a Ph.D.
Elizabeth O’Bagy, who had claimed to be the think tank’s Syria expert, did not have a doctorate from Georgetown University, and had links with militants in Syria, according to media reports.
“ISW has accordingly terminated Ms. O’Bagy’s employment, effective immediately,” the institute said in a statement.’
http://www.presstv.ir/detail/323411.html

Comment by James μολὼν λαβέ on September 12, 2013 at 4:02pm

WSJ op-ed writer Elizabeth O’Bagy fired for resume lie



 By MACKENZIE WEINGER | 9/11/13 12:49 PM EDT

The Syria researcher whose Wall Street Journal op-piece was cited by Secretary of State John Kerry and Sen. John McCain during congressional hearings about the use of force has been fired from the Institute for the Study of War for lying about having a Ph.D., the group announced on Wednesday.

“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 institute said in a statement. “ISW has accordingly terminated Ms. O’Bagy’s employment, effective immediately.”

O’Bagy told POLITICO’s Kate Brannen in an interview Monday that she had submitted and defended her dissertation and was waiting for Georgetown University to confer her degree.

O’Bagy’s Aug. 30 op-ed piece for the Journal, “On the Front Lines of Syria’s Civil War,” was cited by both Kerry and McCain last week. McCain read from the piece last Tuesday to Kerry, calling it “an important op-ed by Dr. Elizabeth O’Bagy.” The next day, Kerry also brought up the piece before a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing and described it as a “very interesting article” and recommended that members read it.

But the piece had also come under fire for misrepresenting her affiliations. Originally the op-ed only listed O’Bagy, 26, as only “a senior analyst” at the ISW, later adding a clarification that disclosed her connection to a Syrian rebel advocacy group.

“In addition to her role at the Institute for the Study of War, Ms. O’Bagy is affiliated with the Syrian Emergency Task Force, a nonprofit operating as a 501(c)(3) pending IRS approval that subcontracts with the U.S. and British governments to provide aid to the Syrian opposition,” the WSJ added in its clarification.

Comment by James Power on October 3, 2013 at 1:42pm

 @ Ra

She has already been given a job by the one and only Sen. John McCain ???

Comment by James Power on October 4, 2013 at 4:15am

@ Ra

Not a bad way to go. :-)

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