Think Tank Sorry for Telling Amnesty to 'Suck It'

CSIS apologizes, says intern thought he was using personal account
By Shelley Hazen,  Newser User
Posted Aug 20, 2014 11:48 AM CDT

(Newser) – An intern at a Washington, DC, think tank was just supposed to monitor its Twitter account, not tell Amnesty International to "suck it." The human rights organization was making a point about the uproar in Ferguson, Mo., over the shooting death of Michael Brown, tweeting yesterday: "US can’t tell other countries to improve their records on policing and peaceful assembly if it won’t clean up its own human rights record," reports Talking Points Memo. Unfortunately, a Center for Strategic and International Studies intern thought he was using his own account when he expressed this opinion: "Your work has saved far fewer lives than American interventions. So suck it."

That hasn't gone over well with CSIS senior VP Andrew Schwartz, who quickly blamed the intern and called the comment "abhorrent" and "unconscionable." Schwartz has already started cleaning up the mess, sending an apologetic email and tweet to Amnesty explaining the error and insisting that "the tweet in no way reflects CSIS's views." When asked if the intern would be fired, Schwartz told BuzzFeed he will "address the matter internally." The tweet was quickly deleted, but not before one user captured this screenshot.

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