A US diplomat was arrested in Turkey and accused of selling a fake passport to help a Syrian man get into Germany

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U.S. officials ordered the evacuation of non-emergency personnel and their family members out of Lebanon on Friday (September 6, 2013) due to unspecified security threats.
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  • A US diplomat was arrested in Turkey and is accused of selling a fake passport to a Syrian national.
  • Authorities said they seized an envelope containing $10,000 from the diplomat upon his arrest.  
  • The man was working at the US Consulate in Lebanon and was arrested at Istanbul Airport on November 11. 

Turkish authorities have arrested an American diplomat working for the US Consulate in Lebanon and have accused him of providing a fake passport to a Syrian national, Turkey's state-run news agency reported on Wednesday.

The Anadolu Agency said the suspect, identified by his initials D.J.K., was detained at Istanbul Airport on November 11, and was later formally arrested on suspicion of selling the forged passport to the Syrian national for $10,000.

Anadolu said the Syrian was detained for questioning after he attempted to travel to Germany on the false passport, which was in D.J.K.'s name.

Police later determined through an examination of security camera footage, that D.J.K. gave him the passport at the airport and the two also exchanged clothes. Police also seized an envelope containing $10,000 from the diplomat, the report said.

The American was jailed while the Syrian was released pending possible proceedings for falsifying documents, Anadolu reported.

The US Embassy in Ankara would not comment on the report. There was also no immediate comment from the US Embassy in Beirut.

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