The following response to the Jacob Ostreicher petition was released by the White House: By Janice L Jacobs. We appreciate your concern for the welfare of a fellow citizen, Jacob Ostreicher, who is currently imprisoned in Bolivia. Although we cannot discuss the details of Mr. Ostreicher’s case, please be assured that we are closely watching it. The Department of State has strongly urged the Bolivian government to make all efforts to ensure a fair, transparent, and timely trial for Mr. Ostreicher, and to ensure that his health and welfare are safeguarded. State Department consular officials in Bolivia are also in contact with Mr. Ostreicher and are providing all available consular services to him.
In international matters, the Department of State regularly acts on behalf of the President. As part of its mission, the Department of State encourages fair and transparent proceedings in all foreign legal systems consistent with the principles of constitutional democracy.
If you would like to know more about what the U.S. Department of State does for U.S. citizens overseas, please visit our website at http://www.travel.state.gov/. Thank you for your interest and activism in this matter; your actions are noted and appreciated.
Janice L Jacobs is Assistant Secretary for Consular Affairs at the Department of State.