July 5th, 2011
08:41 PM ET

Myanmar diplomat seeks asylum in U.S.

The second-highest-ranking diplomat at the embassy of Myanmar in Washington has defected and wants to seek asylum in the United States.

In a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton obtained by CNN, Deputy Chief of Mission Kyaw Win said he had "no choice" but to leave his post in protest over human rights abuses and fraudulent elections.

Win's move is a setback for the regime in Myanmar, which held its first elections in 20 years in November.

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  1. michelle

    Maybe he wants to live here so he can kill little girls and get away with it. USA. Land of the free. Free to murder little children then become a famous celebrity. Like that murderer caylee anthony.

    July 5, 2011 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
  2. the dook

    and doody ! dont forget doooodooooo !

    July 5, 2011 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
  3. HRM banasy


    July 5, 2011 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Cesar The Chorizo Champ Of Chihuahua

    Is it true the Casey Anthony Show is going on tour?

    July 6, 2011 at 1:12 am | Report abuse |
  5. Jonathan Witerski

    This is a brave man and one who embodies character and principle. He could have "sold out" and been part of such atrocities and abuses for power and personal gain, but instead took the high-ground. I hope the US grants him asylum and I hope he becomes a protected voice for those is Myanmar who are too afraid to speak. – Jonathan Witerski

    July 6, 2011 at 2:45 am | Report abuse |
  6. DotHead Ragneesh

    Mayanmar berry dirty place. Many dirty peoples. Not many good cows there to worship. Thats why all amerikan jobs come here to butiful India.

    July 6, 2011 at 7:31 am | Report abuse |
  7. HelenHull102951

    Why would he even bother to ask, the US gov turns a blind-eye to the out of control flow of illeagal immigrents anyway!!! This gov is selling out our country to any and all illeagal that walks or crawls across our borders... Espeically the Obama admin. And why you ask, because that piece of SH-T SPEAR- CHUCKER is an illeagal himself... This country needs someone that will stand up and fight for our country, someone like "JAN BREWER"!!! This is going to get real dirty if the people of the US has to take charge of this immigration problem, and I'll be right there on the front lines because I for one am sick of Americans taking a seat in the back of the bus! Can't do or say anything without offending these disease carrying, ignorent, rude, and theiving S.O.B.'S. If they're not tagging or stealing everything in sight, they are committing every crime known to mankind... "Kill them all"!!! Starting with the one in the W.H.

    July 6, 2011 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |

    I like the name FIRE NANCY GRACE. I agree. Vinnie should be right behind her. He's taking on many of Nancy traits. They have no RESPECT, for others opinion.

    July 6, 2011 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |