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Wolfowitz Caught in the Act

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Posted on Apr 13, 2007

As head of the World Bank, Paul Wolfowitz cut off funding to nations he deemed corrupt—but then corruptly rewarded his girlfriend, Shaha Riza, with a plum job.  Now he’s feeling pressure to resign from higher-ups within the organization.


BBC:

In a statement, the World Bank’s board said it had never given its approval for a wage rise for Ms. Riza ordered by Mr. Wolfowitz, despite claims to the contrary by the World Bank president.

The board said the World Bank’s ethics committee “had not been involved in the discussions with the concerned member of staff.”

“The executive directors will move expeditiously to reach a conclusion on possible actions to take,” the board added.

Ms. Riza’s promotion and pay rise has attracted strong criticism from staff within the bank.

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By Douglas Chalmers, April 17, 2007 at 1:49 pm Link to this comment

A litle history from 2005:  http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/article432446.ece  Profile: Paul Wolfowitz: Hawk with a lot of loot needs a bit of lady luck….

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By Douglas Chalmers, April 15, 2007 at 8:59 am Link to this comment

Quote Robert: “...Wolfowitz should be locked up in a dark prison for life…”

I’m sure that there would be many in Moslem Indonesia (a couple of hundred million, in fact) who would feel the same after the way he helped wreck - I mean “restructure” - their economy.

How about Condoleeza Rice then for World Bank CEO - she doesn’t seem to have much ability except for getting rid of people!?!?

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By Robert, April 13, 2007 at 10:52 pm Link to this comment
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WHY DON’T WE SEE PAUL WOLFOWITZ SCANDAL BEING AIRED ON CNN, FOX NEWS, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, NBC & OTHERS?

Apparently this scandal has been out for at least 2 two weeks or more. Yet we hardly hear anything about it. Truthdig deserves tremendous amount of credit for having the guts to expose the TRUTH about the corruptions that has engulfed this corruptive administration.

I keep looking for John Stewart, Larry King and others to bring up Weasel Wolfowitz’s scandal saga. The big bosses & producers at the mainstream news media are just taking their time & hoping that everything will just go away.

Where is Condi Rice these days? Doesn’t she have anything to say about Wolfowitz’s girl friend who is working at the State Department & has a salary of more than $193,000.

Wow…what a sad state of affairs that has gripped our nation! No one dares to speak out about this. May be AIPAC will take action against anyone who dares to speak out. Its all about intimidation!

Weasel Wolfowitz… BY WAY OF DECEPTION THOU SHALT DO WAR ‘Mossad Motto’.

Its by way of decption thou shalt be corruptive for Wolfowitz. His kind have no shame or guilt for all the thousands upon thousands of innocent people who got killed. Its all about deception, power, money, lies and greed.

Wolfowitz should be locked up in a dark prison for life.

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By Charlie Kasnick, April 13, 2007 at 1:37 pm Link to this comment
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What; more do as I say not as I do ;from the Radical
Republican branch of out political system.We must
start calling these people what they are,Radical
Republicans!Radical Republicans,Radical Republican.

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By Quy Tran, April 13, 2007 at 11:38 am Link to this comment
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His wife had said :“Just hang the aldulterer higher than Presidend Hussein”.

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By dale Headley, April 13, 2007 at 11:38 am Link to this comment
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President Bush praised Wolfowitz’ efforts to “lift people out of poverty across the world”.  Given that Wolfowitz routinely has been denying loans to poor countries, one could logically assume that his first priority was to lift Ms. Riza out of poverty.

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By Sam, April 13, 2007 at 10:45 am Link to this comment
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—The Perfect Republican—-

Love For Sale - But the CDC Says Gonorrhea Is Drug-Resistant

Turns out that in the diplomat-heavy neighborhood south of American University some DC people don’t appreciate Paul Wolfowitz - who regularly spends the night at Shaha Riza’s home. Two residents say that Wolfowitz’s guards wait in a car outside until he departs early in the morning.  And Wolfie only has to pay Riza $193,590 (tax free) a year for the privilege.

Sounds familiar - WASHINGTON (April 13)—Government prosecutors say Pamela Martin and Associates was actually a prostitution ring that Palfrey operated in the Washington area for 13 years. Palfrey denies that her business provided sexual services to its customers.

In her motion to reconsider appointment of counsel, Palfrey named Harlan K. Ullman as “one of the regular customers” of the business. Ullman is one of the leading theorists - along with Wolfowitz - behind the “shock and awe” military strategy of the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

But $193,590 (tax free) is a lot more than Ullman had to pay… Well, Wolfie is one up on Ullman now. Those “shock and awe” Republicans sure have to pay a lot to ‘get any lovin’.... especially since gonorrhea is now on the list of ‘superbugs’ resistant to common antibiotics.

ATLANTA (April 13) “Gonorrhea has now joined the list of other superbugs for which treatment options have become dangerously few,” said Dr. Henry Masur, president of the Infectious Disease Society of America, said Thursday. “To make a bad problem even worse, we’re also seeing a decline in the development of new antibiotics to treat these infections.”

WASHINGTON, April 13, 2007 World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz acknowledged Thursday that he helped a close female friend get transferred to a high-paying job, and said he was sorry. His apology didn’t ease concerns among the bank’s staff association, which wants him to resign.

Mr. Wolfowitz apologized at a morning news conference and at the atrium meeting after the World Bank staff association disclosed that it had found a dated memorandum from Mr. Wolfowitz to a vice president for human resources at the bank, instructing him to agree to the terms of a raise and reassignment for Ms. Riza.

The transfer and a subsequent raise eventually took Ms. Riza to a pay of $193,590 from $132,660, tax-free because of her status as a diplomat, and exceeding the salaries of many US cabinet members, and is $7,000 more than Condi Rice’s salary.

Ms. Riza’s initial supervisor at the State Department was Elizabeth Cheney, whose father, Vice President Dick Cheney, has been a longtime associate of Mr. Wolfowitz. Ms. Riza now serves as a consultant to the Foundation for the Future, while drawing her World Bank salary, the State Department said.

At the White House, Tony Fratto, a spokesman, said: “Of course, President Wolfowitz has our full confidence” and is dealing with the controversy over his involvement with Ms. Riza.

World Bank resentment of Mr. Wolfowitz has extended to his two top aides, Robin Cleveland and Kevin Kellems, both of whom worked with him on defense matters in the Bush administration. Although some bank officials said the board might have decided to reprimand or dismiss one or both of them for the salary increase, that was no longer deemed a way out of the crisis for Mr. Wolfowitz.

He also appeared a victim of his own declaration that he would bring a new era of accountability to the bank. He boasted that he had doubled the staff of the public integrity division so it could prosecute cases of graft against corporations and bank employees, stirring resentment throughout the bank that he saw them all as corrupt.

How many more corrupt “accountability shock and awe” Republicans will show up this week? At a Gonorrhea treatment clinic.

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By Rodney, April 13, 2007 at 10:21 am Link to this comment
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That’s the way things are done in the Bush adminstration. Give your girlfriend s raise and a job. How do you think Condolezza got her job?

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