U.S. Diplomat Gets 'Constructive Dissent' Award

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When Michael Zorick was a U.S. diplomat based in Nairobi, Kenya, he sent word back home that it was a mistake to fund warlords in Somalia.

Zorick was pushed aside to a different assignment, but he turned out to be right.

Zorick did get one award for speaking out, though, the "Constructive Dissent" award given out by the U.S. State Department's professional union.



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