Gay Girl in Damascus Blogger May Actually Be in Scotland

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Syrian nationals living in Jordan shout slogans against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad during a demonstration in front of the Syrian embassy in Amman on April 17, 2011 as Syria was hit by new anti-regime protests. AFP PHOTO/KHALIL MAZRAAWI (Photo credit should read KHALIL MAZRAAWI/AFP/Getty Images) Photo: KHALIL MAZRAAWI/2011 AFP

Earlier this week, worried reports circulated that an anti-government blogger writing under the pen name A Gay Girl in Damascus had gone missing, just as the situation in Syria turned even more violent. NPR's Andy Carvin wasn't so sure that the story added up, though — no one had actually seen or spoken to the woman, Amina Abdallah Arrah, among other things, and her purported photo was stolen from a woman in London. Today, a possible smoking gun for the hoax: The site that helped Amina set up and publicize her blog now says that they've learned she's a 35-year-old lesbian living in Scotland.

Andy Carvin [Tweetdeck]
An Apology To Our Readers About Amina Abdallah [LezGetReal]