August 11, 2004

WHY WOULD THEY WANT HIM?:

Spassky asks Bush to go easy on Fischer (The Associated Press, Aug. 12, 2004)

Fugitive former world chess champion Bobby Fischer has an unlikely ally in his battle against U.S. authorities seeking his handover from Japan -- ex-rival Boris Spassky.

Spassky wrote President George W. Bush asking that he show mercy toward Fischer by not seeking his extradition, according to a copy of the letter faxed to media Tuesday. [...]

Acknowledging that some of Fischer's views may have made him unpopular, Spassky said the chess great nevertheless deserves clemency.

"He is an honest and good-natured man. Absolutely not social. He is not adaptable to everyone's standards of life," Spassky said. "I would not like to defend or justify Bobby Fischer. He is what he is. I am asking for only one thing. For mercy, charity."

Masako Suzuki, Fischer's lawyer, said she would deliver the letter for Bush to the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo on Wednesday.

While appealing the deportation order, Fischer has also applied to Japan for refugee status. Last week, he said he wanted to renounce his U.S. citizenship.


Posted by Orrin Judd at August 11, 2004 9:28 PM
Comments

Fischer now wants to renounce his US citizenship ?

Moron boy could have done that long ago.
Why was he trying to travel with an expired passport ?
Why was he still using his American passport, instead of one from Belize ?

Posted by: Michael Herdegen at August 12, 2004 2:46 AM

Because, Michael, he's insane.

Posted by: Bruce Cleaver at August 12, 2004 5:52 AM

Who do you think the "Ugly American" Grand Master in Chess was based on?

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