Jerome Corsi arrested in Africa

The author obsessed with Barack Obama is taken into custody in Kenya.

Published October 7, 2008 2:23PM (EDT)

Jerome Corsi is making headlines again.

Arriving in Kenya to conduct more scurrilous research about Barack Obama, the former Swift Boater was detained by Kenyan immigration officials, according to The Times of London.

But officers swooped hours after Dr Corsi was described as "author of a smear crusade" by local newspapers.

Immigration officials claim he had been detained because he did not have a work permit, however one of Dr Corsi's assistants said he was "just answering some questions".

... 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.

By Thomas Schaller

Thomas F. Schaller is professor of political science at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and the author of "Whistling Past Dixie: How Democrats Can Win Without the South." Follow him @schaller67.

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