:: Friday, May 28, 2004 ::
Roger Simon points us to Claudia Rosett's report on the continuing 'mother of all coverups'; The UN Oil for Food scandal:
" There has also been the harassment recently of a British adviser to the IGC, Claude Hankes-Drielsma. This past February, Hankes-Drielsma lined up KPMG International, an accounting firm, together with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, a law firm, to carry out an audit of Oil-for-Food for the IGC. He testified before Congress last month that the KPMG investigation "is expected to demonstrate the clear link between those countries which were quite ready to support Saddam Hussein's regime for their own financial benefit, at the expense of the Iraqi people, and those that opposed the strict application of sanctions and the overthrow of Saddam." (Security Council members France, Russia and China come to mind.)
Last Thursday, the same day as the raid on Chalabi, an as-yet unidentified person hacked into Hankes-Drielsma's computer and deleted all the files, as Hankes-Drielsma recounted to me in a phone interview. The computer expert called in to cope with damage "said he'd never seen anything quite like it. They deleted even the backup files," says Hankes-Drielsma. Asked if he has been physically threatened as well, Hankes-Drielsma, says, "No comment."
Can someone explain to me why hard working taxpayers are funding this brutal dictator's Country Club? The real tragedy here is that it looks like the current administration is as reluctant to investigate this scandal as Kofi Annan! And it's pretty obvious why CNN isn't interested in attempting to pry the lid off this sordid cockroach-motel. As it appears now, the sheer scope and scale of this corruption is simply beyond comprehension; everybody, including the press, had an interest in this bloody arrangement.
By the way...did you know that the UN is suffering a serious financial crisis? Make your donation here.
:: Max 10:27 AM [+] ::