Much speculation has surrounded the US visa denial for Sister Diana Momeka.
Nina Shea of the Hudson Institute reported that the State Department was apparently trying to cover up an embarrassing, politically damaging, and possibly discriminatory act.
In an e-mail sent to me on Thursday, Kathryn Fitrell, press-unit chief of the Office of Policy Coordination and Public Affairs with State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs, requested that I revise the text of my National Review article on the denial of a visitor visa to Sister Diana Momeka. I refused, and then on Friday — as the Department honored World Press Freedom Day — the Bureau contacted my employer, the Hudson Institute, with the same request. DOS has offered no legitimate reason for us to comply. I reported Sister Diana’s account of a conversation with Christopher Patch, an officer with the U.S. consulate in Erbil, and now I am asked to remove his name because, according to the e-mail sent to me, he “did not conduct a visa interview with Sister Diana Momeka.” Read more
Nina Shea is now shares that Sister Diana Momeka has finally been granted a visa to enter the United States. Sister Diana is expected to testify before a House Foreign Affairs subcommittee.