Update: Less than five minutes after our post was published, the above tweet was deleted. The photo posted earlier this morning by Ambassador Jawad is below. Jawad apparently does not know that Twitchy is forever.

lion killed

Said T. Jawad is Afghanistan’s former ambassador to the United States, having served in that capacity from December 4, 2003, to September 22, 2010

According to his website, Jawad has a position at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University as Diplomat in Residence and was named the inaugural Fisher Family Fellow at the Future of Diplomacy Project at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

The photo he posted this morning, which has been circulating on the Internet for at least three years, is an obvious fake.

Check out the clouds:

funky clouds

A close-up:

ridiculous clouds

A retraction and apology would be nice.


Awad tweeted this:

Still no apology.


Finally, an apology:


The fake photo has gone viral.


A Twitchy commenter has identified the original source photo of the lion. See here.


The initial version of this post stated that Awad is a Diplomat in Residence at the “John Hopkins University.” The correct name of the university is “Johns Hopkins University.” This error has been corrected.