Skip to comments.Di Lellio Resigns
Posted on 09/27/2004 10:48:47 AM PDT by BlessedMom92
UNITED NATIONS: An official from the corruption probe into the UN's "oil-for-food" programme in Iraq resigned following reports she had compared US President George W Bush to Osama bin Laden.
Anna Di Lellio's resignation was accepted on Friday by Paul Volcker, the former head of the US Federal Reserve banking system appointed to head the independent commission investigating the now-defunct programme.
According to AFP, "The resignation came after the Heritage Foundation, a Washington think tank, issued a press release noting an article that Di Lellio had written in London's Guardian newspaper two years ago." That Heritage paper (not 'press release') by Nile Gardiner and James Phillips is here. Di Lellio's Guardian interview can be found here.
Additionally, find Di Lellio's letter of resignation here. She writes "with regret," as she feels the investigation was "beginning to make real progress in creating a public image." Yes, an image has been emerging, but we're not sure how flattering it is. See this or the paper linked above for more.
Find Paul Volcker's response to Di Lellio's resignation here.
Volcker also has a letter out to the chairs of the congressional committees and subcommittees investigating Oil for Food, available here.
The real question is whether Di Lellio's abrupt departure will spur the Volcker Commission towards greater openness and more substantial cooperation with other investigations into Oil for Food. So far, the Commission's record on both counts has been lackluster. Gardiner and Phillips have presented recommendations on how the Commission might bolster its credibility, as well as strengthen its investigation:
Full access to all U.N. documents relating to Oil for Food. There should be no monopoly over documentation held by the U.N. The U.N. should also provide a full list of documents currently in its possession that relate to Oil for Food.
Freedom to interview U.N. officials implicated in the scandal. Federal and Congressional investigators should be able to question U.N. officials under investigation by the Volcker Commission.
A complete list of names of all staff working on the Volcker Commission. The Volcker Commission should be completely independent of the U.N., and there should be no conflicts of interest involving its staff.
External oversight of the workings of the Volcker Commission. The Commission should be open to public scrutiny and should include third-party representatives seconded from bodies such as the FBI and Interpol.
Monthly progress reports from the Volcker Commission to Security Council members. All members of the U.N. Security Council should be furnished with regular updates on the investigation.
A firm date for publication of the Volcker Report. The final date of publication must not be open to political manipulation by the U.N. in an attempt to limit potential damage. The Commission would do well to consider and implement these, especially given this recent blow to its external image. Without such steps, it is not clear that the Commission will be able to demonstrate its freedom from the U.N.'s entangling reins.
Did anyone ever come up with a United Nations' Most Wanted deck of cards? It would be nice to keep score.
Give Di Lellio's demonstrated biases, the commission can only do better with her departure.
I think I saw this posted already or it's deja vu all over again.......
Jamie Gorelick is available.
Another left wing nut.
Now, THERE'S a thought...
Yea, its been posted somewhere else already. Unless 2 top employees compared Bush to Osama. But then again that wouldn't suprise me much.... :)
Who ever heard of a deck of cards with hundreds of cards???????
90% of FReeping is 40% search function.
I have the ability to get them printed in large quantities at dirt cheap rates. Someone else must come up with the list of characters and a general design. I have a graphics artist and a half milion dollars worth of digital printing equipment at my disposal. I am open to serious proposals.
Here's a link to the older topic:
Iraq - U.N. Oil Probe Official Out After Comparing Bush To Bin Laden
Turkish Press ^ | AFP: 9/24/2004 | Staff
Posted on 09/25/2004 8:17:45 AM PDT by Ginifer
bump for news brief
I know. And that number s/b higher, though 40% would be a good start....
You can observe a lot just by watching.
Know a good Yogi-ism site?
I'll see if I can find one... LOL
What about Kofi, given that his son is one of the biggest criminals in the probe? I'm sure Kofi did a lot to instruct his son in his criminal behavior.
Volcker ia a U.N cover-up man
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