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Post Office Information Official Departs

July 25, 2006

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Azeezaly Jaffer, the Postal Service’s top public affairs spokesman, has left the agency under a cloud.

Jaffer left his post unexpectedly June 30. He has declined to discuss his reasons for leaving or accusations against him.

A longtime head of the stamp section for the postal service, Jaffer was in charge of public affairs when he left.

A Postal Inspection Service report dated June 19 includes accusations of Jaffer running up an excessive $8,252 hotel bill at a three-day event in Washington, of bypassing the Postal Service travel agency in order to obtain travel promotional benefits and spending extravagantly on meals and drinks.

The report also included allegations of excessive drinking, using crass language in mixed company and commenting on the appearance of female co-workers.

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