UN whistleblower asks US to withhold UN payments
New York: A UN whistleblower who won his case but received only 2 percent of the USD 2.2 million he sought in damages and costs is asking the US government to withhold 15 percent of its payments to the United Nations.
James Wasserstrom alleged corruption involving senior officials in the UN peacekeeping operation in Kosovo in 2007. He is now an anti-corruption adviser at the US Embassy in Kabul.
Wasserstrom told a news conference yesterday that he was sending a letter to US Secretary of State John Kerry and key lawmakers asking that they implement a federal law requiring such withholding if an organisation does not take steps to implement "best practices" to prevent retaliation against whistleblowers.
"The evidence is overwhelming that the UN has failed to take such steps," Wasserstrom said.
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