Patricia A. Butenis
|Patricia A Butenis|
|United States Ambassador to Sri Lanka|
August 19, 2009
|United States Ambassador to the Maldives|
August 19, 2009
|United States Ambassador to Bangladesh|
April 13, 2006 – June 23, 2007
|Alma mater||University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University|
Patricia A Butenis is an American diplomat. In 2014 she retired with the rank of Career Minister.
Early life and education
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Butenis' final career assignment was as the Dean of the School of Professional and Area Studies in the Foreign Service Institute. From 2009-2012, Butenis was the United States Ambassador to Sri Lanka and the United States Ambassador to the Maldives. As the deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad from 2007-2009 Butenis won the State Department's Baker-Wilkins Award as the Outstanding Deputy Chief of Mission (2008). She was the U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh from April 13, 2006 – June 23, 2007, and deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad before that.
Diplomatic-cable leak by WikiLeaks
Butenis sparked controversy in Sri Lanka in late 2009 when WikiLeaks — an international new-media, non-profit organization that publishes submissions of private, secret, and classified media from anonymous news sources and news leaks — disclosed diplomatic cables sent by her on verifying the accountability of war crimes that allegedly happened in the final stages of Sri Lankan Civil War (1983–2009).
WikiLeaks also leaked Butenis's Bangladesh mission, where she worked during a volatile political situation in 2006-07 period  and met political leaders including Sheikh Hasina, Khaleda Zia and Mukhlesur Rahman Chowdhury and there were moves to solve the political deadlock. She had series of meetings with various leaders including military officials.
- "Ambassador Patricia A. Butenis". Embassy of the United States: Sri Lanka and Maldives. Retrieved December 13, 2010.
- cnn.com CNN − Iraq: Blackwater staff to face charges, September 23, 2007. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
- "Patricia A. Butenis Biography". U.S. Department of State. Retrieved 15 April 2015.
- "Sri Lanka War Crimes Accountability: The Tamil Perspective". WikiLeaks. December 2, 2010. Retrieved December 2, 2010.
- Staff writer (December 1, 2010). "US Worried on Sri Lanka Rights Probe: WikiLeaks". Agence France-Presse (via Google News. Retrieved December 20, 2010.
- srilanka.usembassy.gov, official website the Embassy of the United States — Sri Lanka and Maldives