NAIROBI, Kenya – The government of Kenya is holding WND senior staff reporter Jerome Corsi in custody at immigration headquarters after police picked him up at his hotel just prior to a scheduled news conference in which he planned to announce the findings of his investigation into Barack Obama’s connections in the country.
Corsi, the author of the No. 1 best-selling book “The Obama Nation,” was picked up by authorities at his hotel at 9:45 a.m. and detained at Nyayo House, the provincial headquarters for Nairobi.
From the Globe and Mail:
The controversial author says he was there to give $1,000 to the Mr. Obama’s half-brother George, who lives in one of the country’s slums. The move is a publicity stunt to promote his book.
A source at Nyayo House, where Dr Corsi was being held, said the author had been detained for references made to Raila Odinga, the Kenyan prime minister, and allegations that his Muslim supporters had engaged in a wave of violence that rocked the country after December’s disputed elections.
The allegations are not taken seriously in Kenya, were Mr Odinga is widely seen to have been cheated out of a legitimate victory.
And CSM says he’s being deported. Note the politically charged language of this dispatch:
Nairobi, Kenya – The neoconservative author of an anti-Barack Obama book was detained and ordered out of Kenya on Tuesday night for not having a proper work permit, said Kenyan officials.
Jerome Corsi, who wrote “Obama Nation: Leftist Politics and the Cult of Personality,” had planned to launch his far-right tract in the Kenyan capital Nairobi on Tuesday.
However, immigration officials intercepted him as he arrived at a luxury hotel where the launch event was due to take place.
This is the second time Dr. Corsi has been involved in an effort to question the credentials of the Democratic presidential candidate. The episode also underscores the depth of support for Senator Obama in Kenya.
Corsi isn’t a neoconservative, of course — he’s an anti-globalist guy with a sometimes fringey flavor who supports the Constitution Party. William Kristol he’s not. Not having read the book I cannot speak to its quality or politics, but doesn’t “far-right tract” make it sound like this is something that came off a vintage mimeograph in somebody’s basement rather than a New York Times bestseller? (And that status apparently annoys the New York Times.)