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Saturday, October 16, 2021

US secret service question Freedom newspaper editor

I received a phone call this morning from a Secret Service Agent, who asked me if I could meet him at their Raleigh office, and I complied. I spent about one hour with the Secret Service agent discussing issues of interest with him. I was interviewed about the pending DC demonstration to be organised by Gambia’s civil society groups… While there, I was shown some of the Freedom Newspaper publications on the pending US Africa Summit. The publications attract the attention of the Secret Service…

“The agent told me that it is their job to protect visiting foreign dignitaries.  He said each time they come across a threat published online, they are required to investigate it. I pointed out to him that we recognise the fact that they are doing their job and we respect that… I also told him that I might need to speak to my lawyer before I can release my source’s email…”

He added: “The agent also wanted to know whether I was going to the DC protest march.  He also wanted to know whether I belong to any Gambian civil society group. We have discussed a lot of issues….”

Gambian President Yahya Jammeh and other African leaders have been invited to the summit in the US. The US Embassy in Banjul had earlier told this paper that President Obama was looking forward to receiving President Jammeh in Washington.

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