Geez, this Annan sleeps with every dirty bastard in every malevolent sphere of the globe. The question is - Is there a dirty deal that goes down without Annan's hand in it?
Annan Scandal of the Day involves Korea (SHOCKA!). Apparently Kofi's special advisor Maurice Strong acknowledged that he had business and other dealings/relationships with Tongsun Park, the Korean influence peddler who was identified in a federal complaint as an unregistered Iraqi agent targeting UN officials for bribery since at minimun 1997.
Coffee Enema has got to go..........TROW DAH BUM
BY BENNY AVNI - Special to the Sun
UNITED NATIONS - A Canadian tycoon who is a special adviser to Secretary-General Annan yesterday acknowledged that since at least 1997 he has had business and other dealings with Tongsun Park, the Korean influence-peddler who was identified in a federal criminal complaint last week as an unregistered Iraqi agent targeting U.N. officials for bribery.
Maurice Strong was a special adviser to Mr. Annan in 1997, the year Mr. Park made an investment in a company the Canadian tycoon was associated with. Mr. Strong worked as special envoy for U.N. reform in an office located directly across the corridor from the secretary-general on the 38th floor of the U.N. building.
Yesterday, Mr. Strong, who is said to be in the Dominican Republic recuperating from a bout with pneumonia, issued a statement in which he admitted to having had a relationship with Mr. Park since at least 1997. The relationship was formed even though Mr. Park had been found several years earlier to be at the center of a 1970s influence peddling scandal in Washington, known as Koreagate.
The statement by Mr. Strong, who is Mr. Annan's special envoy to the Korean Peninsula, followed the unsealing of a criminal complaint against the North Korean-born Mr. Park last Thursday in Manhattan by U.S. Attorney David Kelley. In the complaint, Mr. Park was accused of targeting two unnamed U.N. officials for bribery.
Mr. Park is also alleged to have told the Iraqis that in 1997 or 1998 he had invested $1 million of Iraqi money in a Canadian company that was set up by the son of one of those officials. The Canadian company later collapsed. The Saddam Hussein regime hoped the bribe money would sway U.N. officials who were in position to influence the sanction regime against Iraq and the formation of the oil-forfood program.