A cable from the U.S. embassy in Addis Ababa details how Lucy (the 3 million plus year old hominid) has asked for asylum in the U.S. Whoever wrote it has great potential as a satirist.
SUMMARY ------- ¶1. (SBU) In a move that shocked the paleo-human rights community, Lucy -- the 3.2 million year old hominid fossil discovered in rural Ethiopia in 1974 -- claimed asylum in Seattle during the second leg of her North American tour. The move has illuminated socio-political dynamics among our ancestors and taken a political tone within the diaspora while also illuminating cultural quirks of twenty-first century American society. POLITICAL OVERTONES ------------------- ¶2. (SBU) Immediately upon issuing her asylum plea, Lucy became a cause celebre among the politically restive Ethiopian Diaspora who immediately began using the move for its own anti-government ends. Within hours the blogosphere erupted with comment. Dr. Hailu Hailu Hailu, President of the Washington State chapter of the Alliance for the Reliberation of Ethiopia said, "Lucy is proof of the Ethiopian government's mistreatment...when she got off the plane in the U.S., she was just a skeleton!" In a breaking news interview with Voice of America, the Ethiopian Ambassador said "whatever she said, she's lying." Hominid Rights Watch (HRW) posted a statement on its website noting "If she is saying that the Ethiopian government mistreated her, we support her."
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