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Beyond Wikileaks, "Friendly Fire" Murder of UN Afghan Staff by US Forces Covered Up like Louis Maxwell's, -UN Staff

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, July 26 -- Beyond the documents released by Wikileaks, including plans to kidnap UN officials involving Pakistani ex General Gul, and contrary to the US Administration's ad hominen defense, problems have continued. When a UN contractor is killed in Afghanistan is killed by US forces, what happens? Nothing, an official spokesman told Inner City Press last week.

In front of the Security Council on July 21, UN public information officer Alexandre Dolivet approached Inner City Press, which reported on the October 2009 killing of the UN's Louis Maxwell by friendly fire from Afghan National forces.

It's happened again,” Dolivet said. “A contractor for UNOPS [the UN Office of Project Services] was killed in Kabul, this time by US forces.” Very little has been reported. On July 23, Inner City Press formally asked UN spokesman Martin Nesirky about this death. “Have you asked UNAMA?” was Nesirky's response, referring to the UN Mission in Afghanistan.

Mr. Dolivet is with UNAMA's Spokesperson's Unit. But Inner City Press demurred, seeking Nesirky's confirmation. More than 48 hours later, no response. In the meantime, other UN staff still in Afghanistan, requesting anonymity due to fear of retaliation and just plain fear, have told Inner City Press more, alleging cover up.

When a UN Security officer from Miami was killed by Afghan National forces last October, the US like the UN said very little. When video of Louis Maxwell's execution by Hamid Karzai's soldier became public, belated investigations began. But so far nothing has come of it, with the FBI delaying, and the UN constrained by “cultural sensitivity” given how many Afghans have been killed. Click here for exclusive Inner City Press story.

UN's Ban and Mistura on red carpet, Louis Maxwell follow through not shown

In the light of the documents released by WikiLeaks, first to three elite papers then the public, the UN's and US's cover up of the death of UN staff becomes all the more important. Watch this site.

Footnote: the tale of Ban's arrival in Kabul for the conference is more detailed than elsewhere reported. He stopped in Tblisi for re-fueling, but the windshield of the plane was broken. Another plane was found, which arrived in Kabul 30 minutes later. Rockets had been fired, and so it proceeded to Bagram. From there, Blackhawk helicopters to the Presidential Palace,and 1 1/2 hours sleep. Sleep walk through the summit, fly back through Abu Dhabi. Some diplomacy...

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As Karzai Visits US, More Questions of Who Killed Louis Maxwell Raised by Sister: An Inconvenient Death

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, May 9 -- An inconvenient death casts a shadow, at least for some, over this week's visit to the U.S. by Afghan President Hamid Karzai, and over the UN.

  The murder of American UN staffer Louis Maxwell in October 2009, following an attack on a UN guesthouse of international elections workers in Kabul, has belatedly been described by the UN as "friendly fire."

   But a cell phone video suggests, and Mr. Maxwell's sister among others believes, that Maxwell was summarily executed by Afghan National forces after the firefight was over. The UN never retracted its version, that Maxwell and four other UN staff were all killed by the Taliban, until the video became public and questions became to be asked, including by Inner City Press.

See cell phone video, here, esp. at Minute 1:01 to 1:04

  Maxwell's sister over the weekend wrote to Inner City Press for a third time, now putting into words the doubt that the Taliban were (solely) responsible for the attack on the UN guesthouse. She focuses on the conflict of interest the UN has, in confining itself to an internal investigation -- which it described as external and independent -- and then refusing to release a copy of its report, even to the family.

  But the U.S., too, has a conflict, as a press conference call by Lt. Gen. Douglas Lute on May 7 shows. Lute repeatedly described Karzai as "our partner" and spoke about the training and evaluation of Afghan National forces. (Lute is, as Inner City Press has reported, the husband of former head of the UN Department of Field Support Jane Holl Lute.)

   Karzai's pre-trip Washingotn Post op-ed says he will "convey my deepest condolences to families of those who lost their lives in Afghanistan." Lute and his staffer emphasized that Karzai will spend three full hours with Obama. In all that time, will the matter of Louis Maxwell be raised? Inner City Press was on the press call and put itself in the question cue as soon as it was open, but was not able to ask the question. But the questions will continue. Below is Louis Maxwell's third letter to Inner City Press (click here for 2nd)

Karzai and UN's Ban, public and credible report on Maxwell's death not shown

Subject: Who Benefited?
rom: aijalon
Date: Sun, May 9, 2010 at 3:39 PM
To: Matthew Lee [at]

* Around October 20, 2009, Kai Eide the top UN official of the mission affirmed that the August 20 elections had been tainted. It was stated that about one to five of the votes should be discounted and that most of the election fraud came from Karzai supporters.

* On October 28 the UN guesthouse was attacked. The same guesthouse where UN monitors for this same election was staying.

* After the attack it is stated by top UN officials that senior afghan officials were uncooperative in providing information and that they(UN) were completely stonewalled.

* On November 1 the runoff candidate to Karzai drops out of the election race,

* On November 7 Karzai is declared president.

* And this is the same government that Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon wants to investigate their deliberate killing(murder) of my brother Louis Maxwell

You be the judge....

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And see cell phone video, here, esp. at Minute 1:01 to 1:04

 Click here for an Inner City Press YouTube channel video, mostly UN Headquarters footage, about civilian deaths in Sri Lanka.

Click here for Inner City Press' March 27 UN debate

Click here for Inner City Press March 12 UN (and AIG bailout) debate

Click here for Inner City Press' Feb 26 UN debate

Click here for Feb. 12 debate on Sri Lanka

Click here for Inner City Press' Jan. 16, 2009 debate about Gaza

Click here for Inner City Press' review-of-2008 UN Top Ten debate

Click here for Inner City Press' December 24 debate on UN budget, Niger

Click here from Inner City Press' December 12 debate on UN double standards

Click here for Inner City Press' November 25 debate on Somalia, politics

and this October 17 debate, on Security Council and Obama and the UN.

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