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At UNESCO To Retaliate Azoulay Uses French Interior Ministry Spy Bonetti and Bath Like Guterres

By Matthew Russell Lee, Exclusive, Video

UN GATE, Oct 31 –  From the corrupt UN of Antonio Guterres in New York, the whole UN system has been corrupted, including UNESCO. Under Guterres, UNESCO now ruled by practices worthy, some say, of Vichy Some member states are deeply concerned and outraged regarding the situation at UNESCO. Others are rather pleased as it corresponds better to the reality of their respective authoritarian regimes. 

Following the exposure by banned Inner City Press of several of the internal scandals, the administration of the French director general Audrey Azoulay has organized a witch-hunt as Guterres did, with raids and retaliation, in order to try to identify Inner City Press' sources. 

  It is an open secret inside UNESCO that the Quai d’Orsay and the Elysée are ruling the organization in place of the good-looking marionette, says one high official of the agency. However, few people know that earlier this month the Cabinet of Audrey Azoulay requested the help of the French ministry of Interior in order to launch an undercover surveillance operation of private e-mails and mobile phones that would help identifying the whistleblowers inside the house. 

Following the fiasco of the Director general Azoulay during the Executive Board of UNESCO, when she couldn’t secure enough support from member states neither for her draft budget nor for her reform policies, it was decided to accelerate the identification and surveillance of all those potentially undermining the administration of Audrey Azoulay.

The list of people then got extended, and included even the two staff unions presidents and some representatives of permanent delegations to UNESCO particularly truth-telling against Azoulay’s management style.

The undercover surveillance operation is coordinated by Flavio Bonetti from the Cabinet of Audrey Azoulay and former deputy prefect of the Centre-Val de Loire region, who started his career at the French ministry of Interior in 2014, before joining UNESCO last year as a knowledgeable UN staff member. 

In this important endeavor, Mr Bonetti is capably assisted by the other member of the Cabinet usually used for the dirty work and meanest tasks, Mr Sachin Bath. Bath, who is at UNESCO for many years is the perfect mole for playing both sides and helping identifying the people and permanent delegations deserving to be under surveillance. His next job actually will be to infiltrate the closed circle of elected member states at the governing bodies secretariat. 

This is not the first effort to obtain information illegally. In order to get access to selective intelligence data, Audrey Azoulay appointed in the department for external relations two high officials from a Middle East country with famous reputation in technological surveillance.

Again, the yes-man of Audrey Azoulay, Mr Edouard Matoko, chief of this department, did keenly the dirty job and appointed them by breaching all existing rules.  The main concern of the Director of the Cabinet of Azoulay, Nikolas Kassianides is to get the job done prior to the General Conference of UNESCO that is starting in 2 weeks and for that he does not begrudge those DPRK-style practices.

Cabinet members are receiving increased authority not seen since the foundation of UNESCO. The top management speaks to member states of false fears of staff, but the changing of the rules and regulations remind many of the experienced staff members of totalitarian regimes darkest history.

Even more concerning is that the feeling of arrogant impunity of the French administration facilitates the surveillance capacities of its own internal services. Thus, the administration massively invades the personal rights and freedoms of staff. Actually, there is no way to draw a border between the UN based management principles and the French services administration of UNESCO.  The Director of Cabinet Nicolas Kassianides is given unprecedented power to levels not experienced before, including the one to control and supervise the Deputy Director general of UNESCO and the Assistant Directors general of the program Sectors. In private conversations, Audrey Azoulay is reportedly not denying that the Cabinet powers are vastly extended, since the facts are indisputable. However, she pretends still to have a grasp on the measures taken by her team for “managing and reforming UNESCO in depth”. 

There is room for doubt. Staff associations have voiced their concerns clearly last week of seeing alarming practices reemerging by the total absence of respect for rules and regulations. They keep opposing the new situation in which top senior managers can exert total control over the staff including by using intimidation and harassment that force staff members into fear and obedience.  This is where UNESCO stands today. We will have more on that.


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