Wolfowitz's Girlfriend Breaks Rules: Sent to Iraq in 2003

17 de abril de 2007

<body><div id="article"><tr><td height="28" valign="middle" width="184"></td><td valign="middle" width="185"></td></tr><h1>Wolfowitz's Girlfriend Breaks Rules: Sent to Iraq in 2003</h1><p>April 17 (EIRNS)--According to the New York Times, Paul Wolfowitz's girlfriend, Shaha Ali Riza, was sent to Iraq in 2003 against World Bank rules to study issues related to setting up a new government in Iraq immediately after the U.S. invasion. On Monday a representative of the private contractor, Science Applications International Corporation or SAIC, said that the office of the under secretary for policy at the Department of Defense, headed at the time by Douglas J. Feith, whose immediate superior was Paul Wolfowitz, directed the company to hire Shaha Ali Riza.</p><p>According to the New York Times, Feith said he had no recollection of any request by his office to have Ms. Riza hired, whereas the office of Wolfowitz said it had insufficient information to comment on such short notice. Ms. Riza's attorney, Victoria Toensing claimed that Ms. Riza had gone to Iraq as a volunteer and took a leave of absence from the World Bank during the trip.</p><p>The report that Ms. Riza worked for SAIC in 2003 has also been reported by Vanity Fair and the web site of the Government Accountability Project. The contract reportedly ran from April 25 to May 31, 2003.</p><p>At the time, it was against World Bank rules for its officials to go Iraq, because the rules of the bank do not allow the bank to provide economic assistance to an area under military occupation. According to Victoria Toensing, Ms. Riza's lawyer, Ms. Riza was asked to brief World Bank officials by the bank's president at the time, James Wolfensohn. Mr. Jean-Louis Sarbib, a former vice president for the Middle East and North Africa at the bank said some of the bank's directors were "very concerned about why she was briefing the board, under which authority and with whom she had gone there." He said, "I did not know anything about this at the time, and I was the vice president, and she was reporting to me."</p><p></p></div></body>