Feeling scapegoated, Kofi Annan's main-sidekick who supervised the U.N. Oil-for-Food Embezzlement/Bribery/Kickback program, will likely name names....
Nothing concrete comes out of any of the reports and the continuing delays and whitewashes for Kofi Annan have long since gone beyond the ridiculous---to the absurd. More U.N. documents have been shredded just last month and they now have additional months to purge the files and shred even more evidence.
And now we know why the desperate former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Richard Holbrooke held a special high-level meeting at his personal home---where Kofi Annan was summoned and sat silently while he got a "talking to" by the Democrat powers-that-be. And why Holbrooke was all over the airwaves before every TV camera and microphone he could gain access to propagandizing and advocating for Kofi Annan and keeping Annan in his job.
This is also why the hard-left fought so hard to keep John Bolton from becoming the U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. and are so furious now that President Bush recess-appointed Bolton. They're afraid of what Bolton will find out at the U.N. that can implicate Holbrooke and the other former Clinton-appointed U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Bill Richardson [now Governor of New Mexico]. And find out what can implicate Madeleine Allbright and Bill Clinton.
What did Clinton, Allbright, Holbrooke and Richardson know....? And when did they know it? They weren't doing their jobs in a vacuum, unaware of what was going on at the United Nations.... not at the level at which they were involved.
President Bush needs to appoint an Independent Counsel to completely investigate each year the U.N. Oil-for-Food program was in operation and any and all involvement by Americans---including U.N. Ambassadors to the U.N. and other U.S. officials who were in positions to know about the fraud or be involved in abuses in the program.
The American people have a right to know what involvement their own government and its leaders have played in this largest international fraud in history. It is American taxpayers' money that pays 22% of the U.N.'s budget. Americans also have a right to expect their elected Congress members to revoke U.N. entitlements and immunities until such time as a thorough criminal investigation and Congressional investigation have been completed and the guilty parties brought to justice.
More information below and here.
"As a result of a second scathing report on his administration of the scandal plagued U.N.-Iraq Oil-for-Food Prgram by U.N. investigator Paul Volcker, Benon V. Sevan is now threatening to name names. In a news conference, Volcker issued another "interim report" on the activities of Sevan, who ran the $67 billion aid program from 1997-2003.
Volcker came to the conclusion that Sevan did indeed accept what amounted to several hundred thousand dollars in bribes funneled to him through various overseas channels.
The most disturbing came through an aunt living in Cyprus who died in a mysterious apartment elevator accident after surviving an earlier car crash....
In an earlier press release, Sevan again denied any wrong doing and accused U.N. chief Kofi Annan of making him a "sacrificial lamb." Before leaving for his home on Cyprus, Sevan.... revealed some of what he may now go public with.
Sevan insists that between 1997-2000 he personally informed the U.N. Security Council, to whom he reported, of "suspicious" activity on the administration of several Oil-for-Food contracts. "They ignored me, they did nothing," insisted Sevan.
This was repeated several times, the embattled former U.N. official said.
At the time in question, the U.S.-U.N. delegation was headed by Richard Holbrooke, Madeleine Albright was secretary of state."Of course they knew (of the improprieties). Why did they not act? Ask them," Sevan said. Neither Holbrooke nor Albright was available for comment.
....Russia was represented by Sergey Lavrov, now foreign minister. Lavrov, like Albright and Holbrooke, did nothing, says Sevan. Lavrov also could not be reached for comment.
The only indirect admission that the so-called U.N. "Permanent 5" could have done more came from China's U.N. ambassador, Wang Guangya, who admitted.... "mistakes were made and we have confidence the secretary-general will address them."
In addition to pointing fingers at the Security Council, Sevan also pointed fingers at the now defunct Iraq Coalition Provisional Administration (CPA), headed by Paul Bremer. Almost all of the U.N.-Iraq aid program's activities were taken over by the CPA in mid-2003.
According to U.N. investigator Volcker, almost an additional $6 billion in Iraqi money cannot be accounted for. Furthermore, Volcker complained that U.S. and UK officials in the CPA stonewalled his investigators and also believed that key documents involving the Iraqi aid were either destroyed or moved to undisclosed locations out of the reach of his investigators. Bremer was also not available for comment.
Kofi Annan, who loudly boasted in April that Volcker "had exonerated" him is not yet out of the woods. Still troubling to the investigatory panel is Annan's son's relationship with a U.N. contractor, Cotecna Inspection Services...."