An FBI liaison working in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia cannot pursue a retaliation claim against supervisors who followed up on concerns that he’d “gone native” while on assignment, the D.C. Circuit ruled.

Wilfred Rattigan, a black man of Jamaican descent, worked for the FBI as a liaison to the Saudi Arabian intelligence service at the U.S. Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

In October 2001, he accused his supervisors in the FBI’s Office of International Operations of racial discrimination, and pursued charges with the Equal Employment Opportunity Office.

One month later, the FBI sent Special Agent Donovan Leighton on a short assignment to Riyadh where he grew suspicious about Rattigan.

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