Ex-WSJ reporter Chon apologizes for mistakes, defends herself
Wall Street Journal mergers and acquisitions reporter Gina Chon, who resigned this week after admitting to sharing stories with a government official who later became her husband while in Iraq, sent a message to her friends explaining her actions.
“‘I’m not trying to absolve myself of responsibility. People were hurt along the way and for that, I am truly sorry,’ she writes. ‘I made stupid mistakes four years ago in Iraq while working for the Wall Street Journal and for that, I’m also sorry. I had to leave my job at a news organization I love and for that, I am heartbroken.’
“McGurk, Obama’s nominee for ambassador to Iraq, has faced intense scrutiny in recent days over emails he exchanged with Chon while serving as a diplomat in Baghdad in 2008.
“Chon, who covered Iraq at the time for the Wall Street Journal, agreed to resign from the Journal this week.
“She covered Baghdad for the Wall Street Journal for over two years during some of the most dangerous and most deadly times in that conflict.”
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