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'Syrian' lesbian bloggers's existence questioned as Brit woman claims her identity was used

June 9, 2011 - Washington

The reported kidnap of an American lesbian blogger in Syria has come into question after a woman in Britain claimed that photos being used to call for her release are actually hers.

Thousands of campaigners joined protest groups after media outlets across the world reported that Amina Arraf, a blogger of "A Gay Girl in Damascus" fame was kidnapped in Syria.

But a woman in London came forward claiming the photos being circulated were actually her, raising questions about the existence of the blogger, the Daily Mail reports.

Jelena Lecic found out that her pictures were being used by the blogger when she saw her photo used next to an article in a British newspaper.

"That is absolutely my picture taken in the last year in Paris. It was taken on my birthday. I don't know how this happened. I was very upset to see my picture," said Lecic, who works as an administrator at the Royal College in London.

Lecic believes that her identity was stolen about a year ago, when her Facebook photographs appeared on another person's profile.

"I'm very upset because you have privacy settings on Facebook and obviously it doesn't work because anyone can hijack your picture," she said.

"This has put me in danger. This person is a gay activist in Syria. I really don't feel comfortable," Lecic added.


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