Anti-US blogger gets State Dept. email rebuke

This is bizarre: Sabbah, a Palestinian blogger, is getting emails from an official at the State Dept. responding to her his criticism of US policy (which she equates with state terrorism.) The official (apparently from the Afghan bureau) is using his "state.gov" email address. Surely not official policy?

[Thanks, SP]
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Issandr El Amrani

Issandr El Amrani is a Cairo-based writer and consultant. His reporting and commentary on the Middle East and North Africa has appeared in The Economist, London Review of Books, Financial Times, The National, The Guardian, Time and other publications. He also publishes one of the longest-running blog in the region, www.arabist.net.