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June 16, 2005

Emails Tie Kofi Annan Directly To Oil For Food Scandal

And yet they were not included in the Volcker report.

They protect their own.

More... Again, from Roger L. Simon, 'cause he's got a cool hat:

UNITED NATIONS_Investigators of the U.N. oil-for-food program said Tuesday they are "urgently reviewing" new information suggesting U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan may have known more about a contract awarded to the company that employed his son.

The December 1998 memo from Michael Wilson, then a vice president of Cotecna Inspections S.A., mentions brief discussions with Annan "and his entourage" during a summit in Paris in late 1998. "We could count on their support," the memo said.

If accurate, the memo could contradict a major finding of the Independent Inquiry Committee _ that there wasn't enough evidence to show that Annan knew about efforts by Cotecna, which employed his son Kojo, to win a contract under oil-for-food. Cotecna learned it won the contract on Dec. 11, 1998.

On yesterday's Brit Hume show, he noted that the Times had covered this story... on Page 6.

When the story picked up juice and seemed to have more important implications, the Times noted that fact too... on page 10.

And the occasionally-sane Washington Post? Page 12.

They. Protect. Their own.


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