ofi the Magnificent triumphantly declared his innocence in the Oil for Food scam, and used the release of the Volcker report as evidence. Looking for sympathy a report was floated poor little Kofi was “depressed” and was “considering his future.” At present he still sits atop his throne at Turtle Bay. He may want to reconsider, two key figures that are part of the Volcker investigation have resigned in protest, saying they believe a report that cleared Kofi Annan of meddling in the $64 billion operation was too soft on the secretary-general.
The investigators felt the Independent Inquiry Committee, led by former U.S. Federal Reserve chairman Paul Volcker, played down findings critical of Annan when it released an interim report in late March related to his son, said Mark Pieth, one of three leaders of the committee.
“You follow a trail and you want to see people pick it up,” Pieth told The Associated Press, referring to the two top investigators who left. The committee “told the story” that the investigators presented, “but we made different conclusions than they would have.”
The investigators were identified as Robert Parton and Miranda Duncan.
Parton, as the senior investigative counsel for oil-for-food, had a wide purview. He was responsible for investigations into the procurement of companies under the oil-for-food program and he was the lead investigator on issues pertaining to allegations of impropriety relating to the secretary-general and his son Kojo Annan. Duncan worked on Parton’s team.
It appears both Parton and Duncan have learned the correct spelling of W.H.I.T.E.W.A.S.H and have left the investigation to watch UN’s sinking ship of state from the pier.
H/T Bill Quick