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Bank staff association media splash. Days after we carried the story and full text of the Staff Association announcement the World Bank has told the press about its system for its staff to comment on the Wolfowitz appointment. I detect a defensive tone.

"It's an internal website that's designed to be confidential," World Bank spokesman Damian Milverton said. A staff member told Agence France Presse: "it's a way of channelling opinions, rather than having them circulate all over the world." Could this be a subtle reference to worldbankpresident.org, I wonder.

As the Staff Association was told by the US government in early February it had no role, why would staff prioritise sending their comments into the black hole that is the internal Staff Association website when they can send us an e-mail, or post directly and publicly to our web forum? Many have done just that, and we thank you.

One Bank staffmember told us indeed a few weeks ago that this blog was the best effort so far to open up the murky Bank selection process. Thanks again to all those Bank insiders and others who've provided encouragement and communications.

Alex Wilks ~ March 25, 2005

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