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Democracy and corruption credentials slammed. "Of all former U.S. ambassadors, he was considered closest to and most influential with Suharto and his family," said Abdul Hakim Garuda Nusantara, head of the state-sponsored National Human Rights Commission in Indonesia has told Associated Press.

When Wolfowitz was Reagan's Ambassador in Indonesia in the late 1980s "he never showed interest in issues regarding democratization or respect of human rights," said Hakim. Hakim was then director of the Legal Aid Institute that defended dissidents and sought to free political prisoners, but said: "Wolfowitz never once visited our offices."

This will be an embarassment to Wolfowitz who is presenting himself as a constant and great defender of democracy. Anti-corruption work is another source of pride for Mr W. But Hakim reveals: "I also never heard him publicly mention corruption, not once".

Alex Wilks ~ March 22, 2005

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