Wolfowitz’s Oath of Office


Paul Wolfowitz came unglued last year during the fallout from his sweetheart deal for his sweetheart, Shaha Ali Riza, according to a story broken today by Richard Adams of the Guardian (U.K.)., who writes:

The angry comments attributed to Mr Wolfowitz came from damning testimony by Xavier Coll, head of human resources at the bank, who provided investigators with his notes of a meeting with Mr Wolfowitz last year. The notes directly contradict Mr Wolfowitz’s assertions that the details of Ms Riza’s treatment were properly shared with senior bank officials.

In March last year, when a mention of Ms Riza’s secondment outside the bank to avoid rules about partners was first published in the magazine US News & World Report, an angry Mr Wolfowitz accused Mr Coll of leaking the information.

According to Mr Coll’s notes: “At the end of the conversation Mr Wolfowitz became increasingly agitated and said that he was ‘tired of people … attacking him’ and ‘you should get your friends to stop it’. Mr Wolfowitz said, ‘If they fuck me or Shaha, I have enough on them to fuck them too’,” naming several senior bank staff he felt were vulnerable.

Wolfie must not have seen my story in 2005 about Riza’s sweet deal. But that’s no big deal. In fact, I’m relieved, because I wouldn’t want to be fucked by either him or Riza — not for fun and not even for a story.