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Wolfowitz hires "'wild-eyed' conservative as key assistant The Financial Times reports that Paul Wolfowitz has already hired Robin Cleveland to help with his transition from military boss to international bureaucrat. She is described as a well-known ideologue, deeply involved in the Iraq fiasco, and with little experience relevant to development (but hey, that didn't stop Wolfowitz).

Cleveland has been accompanying Wolfowitz on his meetings with WB Executive Directors, which is said to have caused "concern" for some at the WB. She has also been linked to some of the Defense Department scandals over the last year, though not as a central player.

Although the job is said to be temporary, and she is on leave from her full-time position at the Office of Management & Budget, reports that she has recused herself from any decisions touching on World Bank business there suggest she may be preparing for a permanent move to Wolfowitz's suite.

Soren Ambrose ~ March 30, 2005

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