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The blurring line between digital protest and old-fashioned sign waving was on clear display Thursday afternoon as a group of Iranians protesting outside the State Department recorded, posted and Tweeted a video assailing the U.S. government's stance on the future of Camp Ashraf.
The protesters tweeted the video in response to a State Department request for Twitter questions under the #AskState hash tag. The agency is accepting responses in 10 different languages and State Spokeswoman Victoria Nuland plans to address some of those questions during Friday press briefings this month.
The department has said it will post video of Nuland's responses with subtitles in the question's original language to YouTube.
Camp Ashraf in northeastern Iraq is home to a collection of Iranian refugees who oppose that nation's theocratic regime and were once allied with Iraqi Dictator Saddam Hussein.
Iraq, which has drawn closer to Iran since U.S. forces toppled Hussein's regime in 2003, is looking to close the camp. The U.S. and Iraq reached a tentative agreement in December to temporarily move the camp.
The United States has officially designated the Camp Ashraf group as a terrorist organization, but the group has numerous defenders among the foreign policy elite, including President George W. Bush's Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge and President Obama's first National Security Adviser Gen. James Jones.