Salam Pax Exists

During the war in Iraq, a blogger in Baghdad became a sensation on the Web, attracting a considerable following to his blog. He also attracted a considerable mystery–was he for real? I stumbled onto the answer, and my story about it, in Slate, is posted here.

Author: Peter Maass

I was born and raised in Los Angeles. In 1983, after graduating from the University of California at Berkeley, I went to Brussels as a copy editor for The Wall Street Journal/Europe. I left the Journal in 1985 to write for The New York Times and The International Herald Tribune, covering NATO and the European Union. In 1987 I moved to Seoul, South Korea, where I wrote primarily for The Washington Post. After three years in Asia I moved to Budapest to cover Eastern Europe and the Balkans. I spent most of 1992 and 1993 covering the war in Bosnia for the Post.