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U.S. diplomats barred from ice bucket challenge

  // Thursday, 21 August 2014 12:46 //
U.S.. Department of State in Washington
U.S.. Department of State in Washington
MATTHEW LEE| AP Diplomatic Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — The charity stunt has lured athletes, celebrities, politicians and rock stars and gone viral on the Internet, but don’t look for U.S. diplomats to get in on the fun.

Lawyers at the State Department have banned American ambassadors and other high-profile foreign service officers from participating in the ice-bucket challenge to raise money and awareness for Lou Gehrig’s disease, also called amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS. In a cable sent this week to all U.S. diplomatic missions, the lawyers say it runs afoul of federal ethics rules barring officials from using public office for private gain “no matter how worthy the cause.

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