Wolfowitz plays the victim
Disgracefully, journalists are repeating these claims as if they were credible.
We know that Wolfowitz lied about helping to get his girlfriend a raise and he has already apologized for his behavior:
Mr Wolfowitz apologised at a morning news conference and at the atrium meeting after the staff association disclosed that it had found a dated memorandum from Mr Wolfowitz to a vice-president for human resources at the bank, apparently instructing him to agree to the terms of a raise and reassignment for Ms Riza. The transfer and a subsequent raise eventually took her to a pay of $US193,590 ($A234,360) from $US132,660, tax-free because of her status as a diplomat, and exceeding even the salaries of cabinet members.
"In hindsight, I wish I had trusted my original instincts and kept myself out of the negotiations," Mr Wolfowitz said. "I made a mistake, for which I am sorry," he added, pleading for "some understanding" of the "painful personal dilemma" he faced when he left the Pentagon to become bank president.
Mr Wolfowitz said he had been seeking to avoid a conflict of interest by having Ms Riza, with whom he had a personal relationship, transferred away from his supervision.
What drove the anger at the bank was not that Mr Wolfowitz had denied earlier that he had sought Ms Riza's transfer, but that he had been less than fully candid in discussing it until documents surfaced showing his direct role. [The Age]
Wolfie is now claiming that he acted in good faith. Was it a good faith lie, too?
Wolfowitz is now trying to deflect attention from his nepotism by attacking various World Bank officials who may or may not have approved Riza's massive tax-free raise and transfer to the State Department.
Wolfowitz is hoping that the public will lose sight of the core issue: The guy who's supposed to be fighting corruption at the World Bank personally intervened to get his girlfriend a lavish raise and lied about it.
Wolfowitz now claims that he only intervened in the salary negotiations after ethics advisers gave him the go-ahead. Those advisers say they never authorized Wolfowitz to give his girlfriend such a large raise. Wolfie ordered HR to approve double the maximum raise allowed by the bank!
Now, he has the never to blame his employees for approving the package he asked for.
Have the press lost sight of the fundamental conflict of interest here? The President of the World Bank should not dictate the terms of a compensation package for the woman he's schtupping. It's not complicated.
Allegedly, the girlfriend was transferred to the State Department to avoid a conflict of interest. If Wolfowitz felt he couldn't ethically supervise his girlfriend at the bank, what justification did he have for negotiating her compensation at the State Department?
Wolfowitz's credibility is shot and he needs to resign.