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U.S. Turns Up the Heat on Egypt in Sexual Assault

Feb 18, 2011  •  Post A Comment

With Secretary of State Hillary Clinton taking a lead role, the United States is raising the pressure on Egypt to seek justice in the case of “60 Minutes” correspondent Lara Logan, who was beaten and sexually assaulted by a mob while covering recent events in Cairo, the Daily Mail reported.

A team of U.S. diplomats has been sent to Egypt to take part in the investigation, the story reports, with Clinton taking a personal interest in the case. Clinton has emphasized working to end violence against women since she has been in office.

Said U.S. State Department spokesman Mark Toner: “I know the secretary is obviously aware of the case and very concerned by it. … Obviously the safety and well-being of journalists has been a concern throughout this entire situation in Egypt.”

Toner added, “We have engaged with the Egyptian government and in multiple cases we’ve tracked the whereabouts and safety of journalists throughout.”

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