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October 3rd, 2004 (01:17 pm)

It really was all about oil:

A LEAKED report has exposed the extent of alleged corruption in the United Nations’ oil-for-food scheme in Iraq, identifying up to 200 individuals and companies that made profits running into hundreds of millions of pounds from it.

The report largely implicates France and Russia, whom Saddam Hussein targeted as he sought support on the UN Security Council before the Iraq war. Both countries were influential voices against UN-backed action.

It also implicates Benon Sevan, the UN director of oil-for-food, who allegedly pocketed more than a million dollars. (Other reports I've seen have a company with which Kofi Annan's son worked making out like a bandit -- and when the story of Sevan's involvement broke, Annan sent him on vacation to Australia. For a month.)