Rupert Murdoch has more than 400,000 followers on Twitter
Did Rupert Murdoch mix up Guantanamo and Guatemala?
February 6, 2013   By:    Guantanamo   No Comment   //   252 Views

Rupert Murdoch may have fallen victim to predictive messaging, with a confusing Tweet about US foreign policy that appeared to mix up Guantanamo Bay and Guatemala.

 By Harry Alsop

The media mogul, who has more than 400,000 followers on the site, asked: “How do liberals explain complaints about Guatemala with silence on drone killing, civilians and all, without arrests, trials, etc?”

From Twitter:

rupertmurdoch  How do liberals explain complaints about Guatemala with silence on drone killing, civilians and all, without arrests, trials, etc?

But other users were quick to seize on what was perceived as a mistake. Mr Murdoch did not clarify his comment.

BecketAdams  @rupertmurdoch Something happening in Guatemala I don’t know about?

robertcaruso  @rupertmurdoch you were alive when we took Guantanamo, you know how it’s spelled. Cubaños and Guatemalans are different people, guy.

sandraborda  You do know Guatemala and Guantanamo are different things right @rupertmurdoch?

Guantanamo Bay is the site of infamous US detention camp currently holding 167 detainees without trial.

Guatemala, by contrast, is renowned for its Mayan heritage, coffee and handicrafts.

The USA’s unmanned drones have been hailed by some for their role is assassinating figures such as the American born militant Anwar al-Awlaki in Yemen.

They have also been criticised for causing unnecessary civilian deaths and lowering the standing of the USA internationally, particularly in the Muslim world.

A report by the Investigative Bureau of Journalists claims that at least 282 civilians were killed in the first three years of Mr Obama’s presidency.

Somewhat surprisingly, Mr Murdoch has his own set of drones for his tablet-based venture The Daily.

The Daily came under investigation from the USA’s Federal Aviation Administration in 2011, after using a MicroDrone MD4-1000 to film areas of North Dakota that were suffering from heavy flooding.

Mr Murdoch also tweeted that the Chinese were “still hacking us”, presumably in reference to reports China had infiltrated The New York Times, and Mr Murdoch’s Wall Street Journal.

rupertmurdoch  Chinese still hacking us, or were over weekend.

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