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Palacio appointments questioned. Insiders are asking questions about the process of an appointment made by Wolfowitz-ally general legal counsel Ana Palacio.

The question marks surround the enlisting of Elena Segura Labadie. Labadie formerly held posts as Palacio's chief of staff at the ministry of foreign affairs in Madrid (under the Aznar government), former deputy in the Spanish parliament and candidate for mayor, before Palacio brought her in as senior legal counsel.

According to inside reports, the young, charming Spanish law graduate was scheduled to get her attorney's bar in Madrid when she was called to duty at the Bank. She was first appointed as a consultant of the legal department for a few months and then promoted to senior attorney, a rank that many people in the Bank takes about ten years to achieve.

Curiously, there is no biography or information on experience etc. as is the norm on the internal bank staff directory. She is also the only senior counsel in the twenty or so people in the legal office of Palacio.

Disgruntled in legal? If you have any further information contact us. Remember to send your message from a non-hotmail account outside of the Bank. And ignore and bounce back messages.

Jeff Powell ~ April 25, 2007

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