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Sympathy for the ... As those of us outside Washington (I write from Nairobi ...) anxiously await news of whether the rumored 6 pm "resignation" press conference has happened, the beleagured president is finally getting some sympathetic treatment in the press. Gabriel Rozenberg of the Times Online writes that after reviewing the 100+ pages of documents released by the Bank today, "his woes stem far more from confusion and error on the bank President’s part than from any corrupt motive." His citations of different memos from the Bank's Ethics Committee do suggest some bureaucratic obfuscations. But do they add up to the basis for acquittal?

Fox News, perhaps unsurprisingly, also rallies to Wolfowitz's defense. It argues, based on extracts from the 100 pages of official documents released late Thursday, that "while Wolfowitz did indeed dictate the lucrative terms of Riza’s salary to the bank’s human resources chief, he also took steps to try and determine if what he was doing was right – seemingly trying to navigate his way through an arcane bureaucracy with a maze of unusual rules and procedures" and cast doubt on the role played by the Bank's Ethics Committee.

If you want to see the above arguments taken apart, by a journalist who's also read the 100 pages of documents, take a look at another Krishna Guha piece in the FT. He finds "there is no ambiguity as to who has decided which terms to offer Ms Riza".

Soren Ambrose ~ April 14, 2007 ~ T

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