Hole in the Wall

“The service road where he stood was a hidden-in-plain-sight path that led from Tajikan Road to a gap in the airport wall. If he could bring people in through that back door, Sam realized, he could approve them himself in freelance rescues that skirted the bureaucratic process entirely. That is, if he could avoid getting himself or anyone else killed. Sam faced a terrible choice: follow the State Department’s shifting, confusing, infuriating policies about whom he could save, or follow his conscience and risk his life and career to rescue as many imperiled people as he could. As the morning heat rose toward 90 degrees, Sam concluded that he had no choice after all.” Mitchell Zuckoff in The Atlantic with a glimpse of his upcoming book: An American State Department official risked his life and career to save Afghan lives. ‘Screw the Rules.’

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