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05DJIBOUTI111 2005-02-02 10:51:00 SECRET Embassy Djibouti
Cable title:  

THREAT LETTER

Tags:   PTER ASEC DJ 
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					S E C R E T DJIBOUTI 000111 

SIPDIS

DEPT FOR DS/ICI/PII, DS/CC, DS/ITA, DS/IP/AF
CJTF-HOA FOR J2X, ATFP, KBR, MARCENT S-2 AND MARCENT ATFP

E.O. 12958: DECL: 02/02/2025
TAGS: PTER ASEC DJ
SUBJECT: THREAT LETTER

REF: SPOT REPORT DATED 02/01/2005

Classified By: RSO MARC RAMOS FOR REASON 1.4(F) AND (G)



1. (SBU) - BEGIN SUMMARY- On 02/01/2005 at 1100 hours, the
Embassy's Human Resources assistant passed an envelope to the
RSO indicating that enclosed in the envelope was a threat
letter. After careful review of the letter, RSO immediately
notified Post Management, Host Nation security services and
U.S. Military personnel at Camp Lemonier. The Djiboutian
National Security Service is pursuing the nature and validity
of the threat and will continue to keep the RSO informed of
any updates. - END SUMMARY-



2. (SBU) On 02/01/2005 at 1100 hours, RSO was notified by the
Human Resources assistant that a letter was discovered in the
employment application box located outside of the compound
perimeter adjacent to the Compound Access Control (CAC).
This box is readily available to the public after visitors
have been screened by perimeter security. The letter is
written on the front and back of two sheets of note paper
enclosed in a standard letter envelope and post marked in
Djibouti on 12 January, 2005.



3. (S) The letter is addressed to the U.S. Embassy's local
address and the return address reads, "from Mohmed Elmi, C/O
Mued Souban, P.O. Box 7474, Djibouti". The letter is written
in poor English, but the writing is legible and neat. At the
top of the first page of the letter is written "From
President of Association Jobless Men of Local Djiboutians;
Address Rue 2 Q7 Biss, Tel. 34-15-33, Djibouti City".
Underneath the address in large letters are the words
"Warning to US". Although the writing is difficult to make
sense of, it is clear that the author is attempting to
threaten the Embassy and Kellogg, Brown & Root (KBR - DOD
contractor located at Camp Lemonier for the results of both
organizations employment procedures. Several warnings are
written in the letter to include "we will destroy you," "he
who warned you - has not yet killed you," and "warning to
U.S. citizen." Another telephone number, 83-22-55, is
written on the third page as the point of contact number.



4. (S) Upon receipt of the letter, RSO immediately notified
the Djiboutian National Security Service (DNSS) and requested
that swift action be taken to identify, detain and question
the individual(s) responsible for the letter. As of the
morning of 02/02/2005, the DNSS had not located the
individual(s), but do feel confident that they will be
successful. In an effort to not scare away the suspects by
contacting them directly, the DNSS has requested that RSO
assist in a ruse to lure the suspect to the Embassy. RSO
will make attempts to contact the individual via the
telephone numbers provided and schedule a meeting to hear his
complaint at which time DNSS officers will detain the
individual outside of the Embassy compound.



5. (S) RSO assessment - RSO Djibouti does not believe this
particular threat to be of much value. On several occasions,
disgruntled former KBR employees have voiced their discontent
with the employment practices of the labor brokers that KBR
must contract with, but no complaint has ever resulted in
anything more than empty threats. Although the bulk of the
labor problems is focused at KBR, the perception of the local
people is that the Embassy is the official representation of
the U.S. Government and should act to correct any injustice.
There are no indicators that Americans are at threat from a
local uprising. RSO believes that this letter is the product
of a disgruntled employee who believes that by airing his
issues to the U.S. Embassy he will gain more attention. RSO
will follow up with the DNSS to resolve this issue as quick
as possible.



6. (SBU) RSO requests that DS conduct all appropriate checks
of the telephone numbers provided. RSO will provide updates
via DS Spot Report as soon as available. In addition,
scanned copies of the letter will be provided upon request.



7. (U) POC is RSO Marc Ramos at 253-35-39-95 or 253-35-09-49
(secure).
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