Diamonds, Girlfriends, Illicit Lobbying—The Fall of a Former Ambassador

From a Washington Post story by Craig Whitlock headlined “Diamonds, girlfriends, illicit lobbying: The fall of a former ambassador”:

When Richard G. Olson Jr. retired from the State Department in 2016, he was lauded by colleagues for an illustrious, 34-year career that included high-profile postings as the U.S. ambassador to Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates, as well as risky assignments in Iraq and Afghanistan. “Rick is quite simply one of our most distinguished diplomats,” then-Secretary of State John F. Kerry effused in a statement.

But in the years since, Olson has come under federal investigation for a pattern of conduct atypical of the upright, protocol-observant world of international diplomacy.