Salam Pax, the gay Iraqi blogger who captivated Web surfers with his reports from inside Iraq before and during the war, was not an
Internet hoax as some people had speculated.
In early June, journalists identified him as a 29-year-old, multilingual, middle-class architect who worked as a translator for
freelance journalist Peter Maass during the war.
'He's a lot like us but he's not us,' Maass told The Los Angeles Times June 4, after learning of his translator's other identity.
'Salam sees what's happening around him— the tragedy or the absurdity, and he communicates it in a human voice that most
journalists don't have.' Pax's blog is at http://dearraed.blogspot.com.
In a June 3 posting, he wrote: 'I was wondering when will he [Maass] find out [that I am Salam Pax] and if he will be angry
because I didn't tell him. I think he isn't. [In his article about at Salon.com,] he uses words like 'chubby' and 'cherubic' to describe me.
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