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Willowdale Wizard
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posted 01 May 2003 01:23 PM      Profile for Willowdale Wizard   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Rummy's North Korea Connection, Fortune, April 28

It's surprising that there is no clear public record of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's views on the controversial 1994 deal in which the U.S. agreed to provide North Korea with two light-water nuclear reactors in exchange for Pyongyang ending its nuclear weapons program.

What's even more surprising about Rumsfeld's silence is that he sat on the board of Zurich-based engineering giant ABB that won a $200 million contract to provide the design and key components for the reactors.

Rumsfeld, the only American director on the ABB board from 1990 to early 2001, has never acknowledged that he knew the company was competing for the nuclear contract. Nor could FORTUNE find any public reference to what he thought about the project.

Rumsfeld declined requests by FORTUNE to elaborate on his role. But ABB spokesman Bjoern Edlund has told FORTUNE that "board members were informed about this project." And other ABB officials say there is no way such a large and high-stakes project, involving complex questions of liability, would not have come to the attention of the board. "A written summary would probably have gone to the board before the deal was signed," says Robert Newman, a former president of ABB's U.S. nuclear division who spearheaded the project. "I'm sure they were aware."

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posted 01 May 2003 01:30 PM      Profile for 'lance     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
OK, so Iraq, North Korea... whaddya bet it soon emerges that Rumsfeld or one of his companies has at some point or other had dealings in Iran?

Hmmm. Could it be that Bush's invocation of an "Axis of Evil" last year was simply a stealthy and Machiavellian -- and really, really roundabout -- way of discrediting his own Secretary of Defence? Inquiring minds!

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