From British daily The Independent:
Wolfowitz tried to cover his tracks over lover’s job
By Robert Verkaik and Mary Fitzgerald
Published: 29 April 2007
Documents released by the bank’s ethics committee show that Mr Wolfowitz, controversially appointed to the World Bank from the Pentagon, where he was a leading architect of the Iraq war, tried to limit access to employee salary information after the bank launched an inquiry into the affair.
If it can be shown that Mr Wolfowitz acted improperly by helping his lover, Shaha Rizi, to a pay rise and a high-earning post in the US State Department, then he is expected to pay with his own job.
This month, the bank ordered a committee to advise on Mr Wolfowitz’s future, and also to look into appointments of staff to his private office. Today, he is due to meet members of the inquiry committee.
It now emerges that in a letter written in response to a “brief conversation” and dated 13 July 2006, the bank’s vice-president, Xavier Coll, told Mr Wolfowitz that it was “virtually impossible” to shut off access to individual salary details, although some staff had had their access “revoked”.
The news will come as a further blow to the embattled bank chief, who has been accused of acting with “reckless disregard” of his duties and offering “outlandish compensation packages to the people closest to him”.
More problems with Wolfowitz, including his enormous security costs: here.
A Nigerian comment on Wolfowitz:
Both Mr. Tobias and Mr. Wolfowitz are from President Bush’s administration that pride itself of and with, moral certainty about everything, including abortions, abstinence and wars!
How is it, that these extremely conservative, these far right and right wingers of the Republican Party cannot keep their pants zipped?
How is it, that they do all these things and then, they engage in public hypocrisy about the morality of the rest of us?
By the way, “Mr. Tobias” is the aptly named
Randy Tobias Director of USAID or United States of America Aids for International Development has resigned after his telephone number was found in the Washington DC Madam’s list of who is who … patrons who patronized her escort service that was being prosecuted by those with moral certitude