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Posted: 5/7/2004 2:55:34 AM EST
May 7, 2004 -- New York Post

WASHINGTON - The United Nations has sent a stern letter to an important witness in the Iraq oil-for-food investigation, demanding that he not cooperate with congressional probes of the scandal, The Post has learned.
The letter - in the name of oil-for-food program chief Benon Sevan - was sent to a U.N. consultant after it was learned he had been talking to congressional investigators about allegations of wholesale corruption, officials said last night.

"This particular individual is someone we have been in contact with for more than a month," said an investigator. "This letter has chilled his willingness to cooperate with the congressional investigation. This individual also appears to be genuinely frightened by the implications inherent in the letter."

Congressional officials would not identify the consultant because he is a potential whistleblower.

The U.N. letter, obtained by The Post, reminded the consultant that under his contract with the oil-for-food program, he "may not communicate at any time to any other person, government or authority external to the United Nations any information known to them by reason of their association with the United Nations, which has not been made public."

"In view of the contractual provisions referred to above and the fact that these matters relate to internal U.N. procedures for administering the Programme, we would ask that you consult with the U.N. before releasing any documentation or information," the letter said.

It is the third letter to surface this week from Sevan's office to companies that did business with the oil-for-food program that invoked confidentiality agreements and demanded that they not release documents to outside investigators.



U.N. spokesmen have said this week that the letters are following standard legal procedure and that U.N. lawyers want all documents to be collected by former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker, who was appointed by Secretary-General Kofi Annan to head an investigation into the scandal. But the letters have ignited a firestorm.

"These confidentiality agreements are fueling a perception on the Hill that the U.N. is deliberately seeking to thwart a congressional inquiry into these allegations," said one congressional investigator.

Rep. Christopher Shays (R-Conn.), whose subcommittee is one of three congressional committees investigating the scandal, noted this week that his panel recently heard sworn testimony that Sevan accepted sweetheart oil deals from Saddam Hussein's government.

"It would be a big mistake, I think, for him to suggest that people not cooperate in this investigation. It would further imply that he is totally mixed up in this," Shays said.

The United Nations has said Sevan, who is on vacation pending retirement, was not the author of the letters. They were drawn up by U.N. lawyers and sent out on his stationery.



Get US the hell out of the UN !

...and bulldoze that eyesore of a building.



Link Posted: 5/7/2004 4:35:57 AM EST
How much time do you give this guy? Three weeks? A month? He commits suicide I say, or maybe a car crash.
Link Posted: 5/7/2004 4:37:09 AM EST
I can hear it now: "worst case of suicide I've ever seen".
Link Posted: 5/7/2004 4:49:17 AM EST
Link Posted: 5/7/2004 4:53:33 AM EST
[Last Edit: 5/7/2004 4:58:15 AM EST by AZMAN-1]

Get US the hell out of the UN !

...and bulldoze that eyesore of a building.



I agree, fuck the UN!!

Hopefully this will expose the whole UN organization for the corrupt crooks they are, starting with Coffee Man, the French and Russian deligation and who ever else is involved.
Crokked basturds!!
Link Posted: 5/7/2004 4:56:06 AM EST

Originally Posted By arowneragain:
I can hear it now: "worst case of suicide I've ever seen".



shot himself in the back of his head with his 6 shot revolver, 8 times

TXL
Link Posted: 5/7/2004 5:00:25 AM EST

Originally Posted By TxLewis:

Originally Posted By arowneragain:
I can hear it now: "worst case of suicide I've ever seen".



shot himself in the back of his head with his 6 shot revolver, 8 times

TXL



Beat me to it.
Link Posted: 5/7/2004 5:09:23 AM EST
This unpublicized scandal is the reason you see so much coverage of the Iraqi prisoner debacle. The more press they give to that sorry affair, the less time they can spend on a REAL 100% BONA FIDE SCANDAL.
Link Posted: 5/7/2004 6:55:06 AM EST
Yeah, the prisoner abuse is bad, but it happens every day around the world. Every day.

The Oil for $Bling$ scandal is HUGE and (I'd wager) could take down the whole UN if the /real/ story ever were public...of course, it won't be.

I'm surprised that SOME of our major media aren't covering it. What ever happened to "investigative journalism?"
I guess this is what happens when you give governmental powers to NGOs
Link Posted: 5/7/2004 7:05:21 AM EST
So what are the chances on getting a link to this story? I can't find it.
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