State Dept Release Slayton’s Resignation Letter

February 23, 2016

The U.S State Department released 500+ more emails from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s email account on Friday, with one of them being former US Consul Gregory Slayton’s resignation letter, in which he says “when we arrived in September of 2005, respect and admiration for the US was near a 25 year low in Bermuda and the US Mission to Bermuda was in disarray.”

The letter — dated June 26, 2009 and addressed to President Obama — said, “It has been a great honor to represent the United States of America as the senior US diplomat to Bermuda over the past almost four years.

“When we arrived in September of 2005, ‘respect and admiration’ for the US was near a 25 year low in Bermuda and the US Mission to Bermuda was in disarray.

“I am thankful to be able to report that today, with the help of many fine State Department and USG colleagues, ‘respect and admiration’ for the US in Bermuda has increased every year for four straight years — and is now at a 25 year high.

“Furthermore, the US Mission to Bermuda is held in high regard throughout the Island. And the myriad of diplomatic initiatives that have been started over the past four years should, I believe, keep the US/ Bermuda alliance strong for years to come.

“With this in mind, I am deeply thankful that your Administration has agreed to further extend my term here until August 15th of 2009.

“This will allow us to complete a number of important diplomatic initiatives that I am spearheading, and for us to fully represent the United States for the key portions of Bermuda’s 400th Anniversary Celebration this summer.

“However, all good things must come to an end. Therefore, I hereby tender my resignation as senior United States diplomat to Bermuda effective August 15″, 2009.

“Mr. President, I know that this is highly unusual, but I hope you will allow me to make a suggestion as to my successor.

“Given the recent arrival in Bermuda of the four Uighar detainees from Guantanamo and the ongoing [and extreme] sensitivity of that issue, as well as the vital partnerships that now exist between the US and Bermuda in areas such as reinsurance and tourism — I believe it is essential that my successor be a person who is well known and well respected in both Washington and Bermuda.”

According to the AP, the 1,116 pages made public Friday bring the total page count of released Clinton emails to 46,946, and the State Department plans to finish making her emails public on Feb. 29, a day before the critical Super Tuesday primaries.

Prior email releases have also contained a few references to Bermuda, with some emails dating back to 2009 discussing Bermuda and the Uighurs.

The copy, as released, of Mr Slayton’s resignation letter follows below [PDF here]:

The copy, as released, of an email sent by Mr Slayton follows below [PDF here]:

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  1. asampson says:

    He was a legend…… his own mind.

    • Navin Pooty Tang Johnson says:

      I was invited to dine with Mr Slayton and after a few excruciating minutes I knew it was going to be the most boring meal of my life…an Ego as big as the great outdoors….I declined future invitations knowing it would be painful…

    • Kiskadee says:

      Got that right…..

  2. Truth is killin' me... says:

    These emails only show to me “Egos” patting themselves on the back and influencing next positions!

  3. RBYC member says:

    I miss US Consul Gregory Slayton he should come back and teach the new US Consul assistant what respect is to other officials.

  4. Former Union Member says:

    Mr. Slayton was one of the most egotistical political appointees to ever hold the post in Bermuda. He was not missed upon his departure.

  5. jt says:

    He always did like himself. Marked his own paper and passed with flying colours. How exactly to you measure this? Ridiculous.

  6. Ed Case says:

    The messages dont tell us the one thing we’d like to know:

    Who got paid, how much, and where is the money?

    Two guesses, first doesn’t count.

  7. mmm says:

    Interesting Bermuda,s relationship had been at a 25 year low with the USA at the point of Mr Slayton,s arrival.. one needs to be specific on the events happening during that 25 year period. I don,t suppose much will be released to the general public, these are areas of concern that are address ed by the leaders of each country. Mr Slayton resigned in 2009, some four years after his arrival in 2005, he further says that Bermuda and USA relations were now ( 2009 ) at a 25 year all time high. I have not noticed any event that has had a lasting negative effect over the past 25 years, so unless He is specific I will have to wait and see.

  8. rhonda says:

    Smdh…. The oba destroyed them rides in a liberators..

  9. Mike says:

    Funny seeing Slayton wishing Obama a successful Presidency, given that Slayton is a Marco Rubio supporter and campaigner.

  10. James Rego says:

    Mr. Slayton never quite fitted in. Making disparaging remarks about Bermuda, one after the other. Good to see him leave and hopefully won’t return.

  11. USA says:

    Typical foreigner
    Stand on top of Bermuda and Bermudians to better their image and line their pockets.

    Now the OBA want to give people like him voting rights.

  12. Midge says:

    I guess the baseball hat was the turning point for the increase of respect.

  13. Longtail says:

    “When we arrived in September of 2005, ‘respect and admiration’ for the US was near a 25 year low in Bermuda ….”
    What an indictment of George Bush as the then president!! There certainly will be no ‘respect and admiration’ at all if Trump wins the next election!!!

  14. Meredith stapff says:

    It’s a Job how can he have say on who gets the job after him.
    He should only hope the best person gets the job if he really cares.
    Very nervy what employee does that or do they need a chain with someone who will cover if need be for the past or future dealing. Someone who knows the game and is willing to play the game your way.
    Smells more corruption

  15. Faulk says:

    I seem to remember an expenses scandal involving the gates to his residence in Tucker’s Town. What a sleazeball…

  16. Vamos says:

    Hopefully Obama didn’t waste his time reding this.