Iraqi priest: Baghdad’s Jews must leave after WikiLeak

By JTA
October 10, 2011 12:43

 
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The nine Jews remaining in Baghdad must leave because their names appeared in a WikiLeaks cable, an Anglican priest in the Iraqi capital said this week.

The priest said he is working with the US Embassy to get the Jews to emigrate, the McClatchy news service reported. The embassy told the news service that it would work to protect the named individuals and that the United States would help to relocate them.

"Protecting individuals whose safety is at risk because of the release of the purported cables remains a priority," the embassy said in a statement. "We are working actively to ensure that they remain safe."

The names were made public after the publication of a password that opened the encrypted versions of the cables available on the WikiLeaks website.

The last remaining synagogue in Iraq has closed due to the dwindling numbers of Jews.

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