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MARCH 13, 2003
8:28 AM
CONTACT: Working Assets Radio 
Matt Martin at 415. 595-0069
Dissident Diplomats Speak on San Francisco Public Radio
Thursday, March 13, 10am
John Brady Kiesling and John H. Brown Speak Together for the First Time on Working Assets Radio KALW 91.7 FM 10-11 AM PT
SAN FRANCISCO - March 13 - After 20 years of service to diplomacy and civil debate, John Brady Kiesling, a senior U.S. diplomat based in Athens, Greece, resigned from his post in protest over the Bush administration's policy on Iraq. In an impassioned letter to his boss, Secretary of State Colin Powell, Kiesling said the Bush administration was involved in "a systematic distortion of intelligence" and "a systematic manipulation of public opinion" not seen since the days of Vietnam.

Just a week later, a second career diplomat, John H. Brown, followed suit. He too wrote to Secretary of State Powell: "I a joining my colleague John Brady Kiesling in submitting my resignation from the Foreign Service (effective immediately) because I cannot in good conscience support President Bush's war plans against Iraq."

The two men will meet for the first time, live, on Thursday, March 13, on Working Assets Radio on KALW (91.7 fm) and answer listener questions.

"Working Assets Radio with Laura Flanders" is produced by the Working Assets company of San Francisco and broadcasts live, Monday-Friday, 10-11 am, on KALW (91.7fm) and on the internet. For more information, call Senior Producer Matt Martin at 415. 595-0069, or visit



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