Did Wolfowitz Authorize Girlfriend's Security Clearance?

23 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>UPDATED: Did Wolfowitz authorize girlfriend's security clearance?</h1><p>April 23 (LPAC)--Last week Sidney Blumenthal called for the inspectors general of both the Department of Defense and the State Department to to investigate the circumstances under which Paul Wolfowitz's girlfriend Shaha Ali Riza was issued a security clearance. According to Blumenthal it is "extraordinary, even unprecedented" for a foreign national, who is detailed from an international organization, in this case the World Bank, to receive a security clearance. Access to the State Department premises requires a national security clearance or a permanent escort by a person with such a clearance. But according to Blumenthal the State Department has no record of having issued one to Riza.</p><p>Blumenthal writes further: "State Department officials believe that Riza was issued such a clearance by the Defense Department after SAIC was forced by Wolfowitz and Feith to hire her. Then her clearance would have been recognized by the State Department through a credentials transmittal letter.... But State Department officials tell me that no such letter can be confirmed as received. And the officials stress that the department would never issue a clearance to a non-U.S. citizen as part of a contractual requisition. Issuing a national security clearance to a foreign national under instruction from a Pentagon official would constitute a violation of executive orders governing clearances, they say."</p><p>Meanwhile it is reported that Paul Wolfowitz has hired Robert Bennet as his attorney. Lyndon LaRouche commented: "What good will it do him. Sometimes some of these characters are gone. The tide is against them no matter what they do."</p><p></p></div></body>