A researcher is fired for lying about her credentials, apparently she claimed she earned a Ph.D. from Georgetown University, which she never did. Elizabeth O’Bagy, the researcher who was fired, held the prestigious position of senior analyst with the non-partisan think-tank from the Institute for the Study of War, according to The Inquisitr on Sept. 12.
The researcher getting fired is called a “tragedy” today by one of her colleagues. O’Bagy’s work is “excellent” reports Kim Kagan. Her work on the merits of moderate opposition forces in Syria was cited by John McCain and John Kerry a number of times including a recent opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal as well as at last week’s congressional hearings.
The Institute posted on its website Wednesday that “contrary to her representations, Elizabeth O’Bagy didn’t actually receive a Ph.D. from Georgetown.” A State Department official reports that Kerry presumed that media outlets represented O’Bagy’s credentials accurately, but that apparently was not the case.
O’Bagy is also an important figure with the Syrian Emergency Task Force and she was responsible for arranging McCain’s trip, which was kept secret, to Syria in May. While she’s been fired from the Institute Study of War, it is not known if she is still affiliated with the Syrian Emergency Task Force, or if her position there has been also been compromised.