Suspended UN Pornographer Opposed
Gays, Liked Dogs, As Higher Ups Escape
Byline: Matthew Russell Lee of
Inner City Press at the UN: News Analysis
December 18 -- For months Inner
City Press has heard of an investigation by the Office of Internal
Services into widespread use of UN equipment and time to view
December 11, the New York Post broke the story in a short 130-word
a single UN staff member, "Mario Antonio, of the Philippines." He is
a relatively lower level staffer, General Service rather than
Director, employed in the Plant Engineering Section of the Office of
narrative in the Report of
Investigation, marked Strictly Confidential by the UN's
Office of Internal Oversight Services but obtained
by Inner City Press and put online here --
he sent pornography to at least 72 other UN staff members. And what did
with the images? One of the recipients was in OIOS itself; 61 were in
Department of Management, 13 in Security and two in the Department of
Anthony's defense, included in the Report,
was to describe his "understanding
of pornography as 'any extreme sexual activity,' for example, sexual
between same sex individuals."
reference to a video clip found on Mario Anthony's computer, sent out
under the header "GERMAN," portraying a woman engaged in sex with a
German Shepherd dog. To fit in with Anthony's defense, it must have
been a male
dog, one wag quipped.
On December 12, the day after the article,
Mario Anthony was suspended without pay. Inner City Press asked the
spokesperson, "Can you confirm that there is a wider investigation? Is
this the only person that was being looked at or is there an ongoing
investigation?" The Associate
Spokesperson answered, "This is all that I can say about this."
At the UN, many screens - but who is watching whom (and what)?
unfair to throw a low level staffer to the wolves, to suspend him
while the investigation is known to involve much higher UN officials.
the name of Mario Antonio? Sources say it came from within OIOS itself.
Was this done to take the air out of the balloon of
the wider investigation, to let off the hook higher level officials? There are others implicated,
including within OIOS itself. So where is OIOS on this? Watch this site.
France on Thursday presented a
declaration calling for the decriminalization of homosexuality, Syria
presented an alternative, an earlier draft of which denounced
City Press asked France's Rama Yade to respond to the Syrian text, and
legal challenge to France's violation of human rights announced this
Sikhs who say that by
France requiring them to remove their turbans, their religious
rights are being infringed. Rama Yade did not answer the latter.
Perhaps, a reporter suggested, Rama Yade
is embarrassed by France's position. No more embarrassed than Mario
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