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It may be far harder to keep Wolfowitz ... Included in today's statement by the World Bank executive directors is the following passage: "In addition, the Executive Directors identified other issues that will need to be addressed, including the various public communications made by the Bank on the matter and issues around employment contracts made in the Office of the President." ....

In the paragraph preceding that statement, there is also the hint of looking into "..the contract of the President".

As Alex pointed out earlier, that clearly means that this investigation is expanding to include other hires by Wolfowitz, read , Robin Cleveland, Kevin Kellems, Carl Jackson, and Ana Palacio, who also served as a consultant in Wolfowitz' office before she was named General counsel.

But what does all this mean?... here is my take ...

- The board has reasons to believe there is at least the possibility of a pattern of abuse by Wolfowitz.

- A signal to Washington that, if the U.S. continues to support Wolfowitz, this investigation can drag on, and can devour other former U.S. officials, i.e. Cleveland and Kellems. Both served in the White House. Cleveland , it should be remembered, was implicated during her time with the U.S. government in an earlier nepotism scandal.

- Looking into Wolfowitz's own contract in light of the other issues they mentioned in that second paragraph, can also mean they are looking for ways to gracefully get out of it, or worst, hold him responsible for violating his own terms of employment.

- This broadening of the inquiry also buys the board more time to come to a consensus on getting rid of him. Which seems to be more and more the only sensible, and even possible way to extricate the reputation of the bank from becoming a symbol of hypocrisy and nepotism, in the eyes of its own staff, as well as the world at large.

In the event the board is unable to come to a consensus on how to get rid of Wolfowitz, they will have a far more complicated task on their hands. How to keep him on board in a manner that can be acceptable to the staff , NGO's, and the many reputable media outlets that have called for his resignation?

At this point, it will be far harder to keep Wolfowitz without the board itself losing respectability, especially in the eyes of the staff.

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