A day before U.S.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton visited South Sudan this month, McClatchy correspondent Alan Boswell reported
that President Salva Kiir had finally acknowledged his government's support for
a Nuba Mountains-based group that had been skirmishing with Sudanese forces. In
a letter to his U.S. counterpart, the story said, Kiir apologized for his previous
denials, which came in the face of U.S. intelligence to the contrary. The
story, which exposed an important element in the tense relations between the
two once-joined nations, put Boswell in the cross-hairs.