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Whistleblower James Wasserstrom slams UN over its failure to fight corruption

James Wasserstrom was the UN's top anti-corruption officer in Kosovo in 2007 when he warned his superiors about a lucrative kickback scheme linking UN officials to a local utility company. Wasserstrom took his complaint to the UN's oversight office. He was arrested, sacked from his job, investigated and treated like a pariah by an employer he had loyally served for three decades.

During his seven-year ordeal, Wasserstrom found UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon "unhelpful". "I was informing him all long of what I though were missteps", he says, "and he didn’t intervene when he could".

But the US diplomat found a powerful ally in his own government. A bill passed by Congress in January forces the State Department to withdraw 15% of US funding from any UN agency that fails to establish protection for employees who expose corruption.

By Douglas HERBERT

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2014-10-22 United Nations

Whistleblower James Wasserstrom slams UN over its failure to fight corruption

James Wasserstrom was the UN's top anti-corruption officer in Kosovo in 2007 when he warned his superiors about a lucrative kickback scheme linking UN officials to a local...

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2014-10-20 Ebola

Interview: Ebola 'a wake-up call', says World Bank chief

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2014-10-18 Somalia

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2014-10-15 climate change

Jeffrey D. Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute, Columbia University

Jeffrey D. Sachs is the director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University. He is also an economist and a special advisor to the UN Secretary-General Ban K-moon. Five years...

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