Taken Question
Bureau of Public Affairs, Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
February 9, 2009

Question: Any update on the investigation into the death of the Foreign Service Officer in Ethiopia?

Answer: We can confirm that Brian Adkins, a 25-year-old FSO, died in Addis Ababa. The death is under investigation by the Bureau of Diplomatic Security and we are coordinating closely with the Government of Ethiopia. We will provide details as they become available.

Question: Has the Accountability Review Board been convened as of yet?

Answer: The investigation into the death of Mr. Adkins has not yet been completed. The facts of that investigation will determine whether there will be the need to recommend that the Secretary convenes an Accountability Review Board.

PRN: 2009/112