U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert slashed by attacker

U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert was assaulted by a knife-wielding man in central Seoul Thursday morning in an attack that left him bleeding from the face. The ambassador’s injuries aren’t life-threatening, both local police and an Obama administration official said.

Television footage showed the ambassador, with blood on his face and hands, being hustled into a nearby police car. Organizers of the speaking event attended by Lippert identified the attacker as Kim Ki Jong and said he previously received a suspended two-year jail sentence for throwing a piece of concrete at the Japanese ambassador to South Korea in 2010.

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  • Censored_often

    Maybe Obama thinks it’s just “random”?

  • andycanuck

    The Washington Free Beacon report linked at Drudge points out the Obama Admin has been pushing the South to go easy on the North against SK’s president’s “hardline” stance.

    The attack comes amid growing anti-U.S. protests here over comments made last week by State Department official Wendy Sherman.

    Sherman, undersecretary of state for political affairs, angered many
    South Koreans with comments that seemed to tell the country to give up
    hardline nationalist policies toward North Korea and to seek closer ties
    with its neighbor.

    The South Korean government issued a formal diplomatic protest to the State Department over the remarks, sources said.

    “Nationalist feelings can still be exploited, and it’s not hard for a
    political leader anywhere to earn cheap applause by vilifying a former
    enemy,” Sherman said Friday in a speech at the Carnegie Endowment, a
    think tank.

    “But such provocations produce paralysis, not progress,” she said.
    “To move ahead, we have to see beyond what was to envision what might
    be. And in thinking about the possibilities, we don’t have to look far
    for a cautionary tale of a country that has allowed itself to be trapped
    by its own history.”

  • Hard Little Machine

    Lippert is another Obama bundler who was given the job because he raised millions for Obama’s campaigns. He’s a diplomatic neophyte.

  • Man_with_Hat

    “What difference does it make now?”