[Posted by See-Dubya]
Claudia Rosett went to Cyprus and rang the doorbell of Benon Sevan. He invited her in for coffee and they chatted for two and a half hours. The juicy stuff is, unfortunately, off the record.
If you don’t know who these people are, it will be my pleasure to inform you. Benon Sevan was the man as close to the center of the Oil-for-Food Scandal as it is possible to be–and who is accused of taking bribes to look the other way and let Saddam exploit the system. He has retreated to Cyprus and lurks in an apartment he inherited from his aunt–an aunt who, he says, gave him the $140,000 that is accused to be a bribe from Saddam. An aunt who fell down the elevator shaft of this building and died when the story came to light.
Claudia Rosett is the intrepid journalist who has done more than anyone to expose the corrupt perfidy of the Oil-for-Food program. Hers ought to be a household name; she ought to have a Pulitzer prize for her reporting. Though little of consequence is reported in her article, I can’t help but think this meeting was a small milestone in the history of the war.
– See Dubya