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Five million a year for Wolfowitz' security. Today's Telegraph reports that Wolfowitz' personal security detail is costing the World Bank (read: developing countries - ed.) five million dollars a year.

A senior Bank source told the UK daily: "It's a huge sum. We shouldn't have to be paying to protect him." A former senior employee added: "When his predecessor, Jim Wolfensohn, went on foreign trips, even to the Middle East, he was invariably met by the local country office driver, who would pick him up in a battered Volvo. Now, everywhere Wolfowitz goes he has to be accompanied by personal protection people."

The story adds that Wolfowitz's decision to open an office in Iraq has inflated the security bill. An anti-corruption specialist whose organisation works closely with the Bank said: "It costs a fortune. The staff sit in the green zone in Baghdad. They have to go everywhere by helicopter and they have a private security company to protect them."

Jeff Powell ~ April 29, 2007

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