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Wolfensohn using this site. "I should tell you I took to the meeting with the Secretary [Snow] a print out of worldbankpresident.org and we used that as the basis of our discussion," current president James Wolfensohn told Bank staff at his 'Town Hall' staff meeting.

"So if any of you want to be up to date on the inside scoop, check worldbankpresident.org, and you'll probably know as much as I do."

Reuters carries a story on Wolfensohn's speech to staff and subsequent and Q&A session.

He tried to persuade staff "not to spend a lot of time worrying" about who would follow him. This was a change in tone from smaller meetings - where he has argued that people will certainly appreciate his approach to issues "when one of George Bush's cousins" takes over.

Wolfensohn also commented that he had shared "everything that was on his mind" with US Treasury Secretary Snow but was not certain if the views he had expressed would carry any weight.

We're glad Bank staff from top to bottom are avidly following the site and would be happy to hear more from you.

The Bank official who wrote to us commented "your website is a terrific, and that it's brought a level of insight and transparency (if that's even possible) into the presidential selection process that I would otherwise have had no knowledge of, even as a staff member".

We hope the confirmation that this site is being actively used by Wolfensohn, other candidates and so many journalists will encourage you all to continue keeping us closely informed (contact@worldbankpresident.org).

Alex Wilks ~ January 27, 2005

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