Michael Schaffer: The Ambassador, His Swanky New Embassy, and the Limits of Diplomatic Immunity

From a Michael Schaffer Capital City column on politico.com headlined “The Ambassador, His Swanky New Embassy, and the Limits of Diplomatic Immunity”:

The U.S. is doing a small developing country’s dirty work in prosecuting its ex-ambassador for fraud, and it may eventually be cause for discomfort along Embassy Row.

In normal cases, for a foreign diplomat with an instinct for pilfering from their own government, Washington represents a safe posting. Far from home, entertainment expenses can be padded, real estate prices exaggerated, lobbying and PR-consultant fees manipulated. The only thing the bean-counters back at the foreign ministry need to know is that the American capital is an expensive place. Thanks to diplomatic immunity, whatever workplace scams get cooked up are unlikely to interest the local authorities here.