The Rosett Report

Coincidence and the Latest in Kofi's Cash

The Rocky Mountain News is reporting that this spring former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan pocketed a $160,000 speaker’s fee for a one-hour talk at the University of Colorado, hosted and paid for by a student panel.

As it happens, that is an amount remarkably close to the sum allegedly skimmed out of Oil-for-Food relief money by Annan’s handpicked head of the Oil-for-Food program, Benon Sevan (who slipped quietly off to to Cyprus, out of reach of extradition to the U.S., during the Oil-for-Food investigations, while Annan’s office was assuring the press he would be available for questioning in NY). Sevan, indicted in NY this past January, says he’s innocent. But wouldn’t it be a nice gesture for Kofi Annan to donate his fat speaking fee to the Iraqi people bilked out of billions in relief while he was running Oil-for-Food at the helm of the UN?