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Statement by U.S. Consulate in Rio

American consular officials issued a statement at 9:30 p.m. Rio de Janeiro time (6:30 p.m. EST), noting that all legal processes have been resolved, more to the point, "appealing to the public to respect the space and privacy of Sean and David during this sensitive time."

The statement is more notable for what is missing: confirmation that the handoff will occur tomorrow morning at the consulate in Rio de Janeiro. And the underlying message: "Press, stop bugging us. It's late and we're tired and we're not telling you anything else."

I can verify that this has been an exhausting time for the American officials, Congressman Smith, David Goldman's lawyers and, of course, David Goldman. (I am equally sure it has been exhausting for the Brazilian side of the family, although they have been less accessible to the American press.)

Notably, the statement is bilingual and the Portuguese comes first; coincidence or not, the Goldman camp has engaged in a real effort recently to explain their side to the Brazilian press, and it seems to be working.

English text follows:



December 23, 2009


The U.S. Consulate in Rio de Janeiro is pleased that 9 year old Sean Goldman will finally be reunited with his father David.

All legal processes have been resolved and Sean has been ordered to return to the United States with his father.

The U.S. Consulate is doing its utmost to ensure that the reunion will be as smooth as possible. As such, we will facilitate entry, security, and privacy to welcome Sean at the Consulate.

We appeal to the public to respect the space and privacy of Sean and David during this sensitive time.