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As UN Says No Response to Security Whisteblower, Starr Says Prosecute

By Matthew Russell Lee, Exclusive

UNITED NATIONS, June 20 -- Two days after Inner City Press exclusively published portions of an "Open Letter" to Secretary General Ban Ki-moon about mismanagement in UN Security, it asked Ban's spokesman Martin Nesirky about it, without answer - and then learned more.

While Nesirky said "I don’t have anything for you on that," after 5 pm on Wednesday the head of UN Security (DSS), Gregory Starr, replied to all within DSS. Rather than addressing the particular complaints made in the letter, Starr focused on its anonymous nature, and said that if he discovers who sent it, he will pursue them.

But what message does this send? It is not credible to claim that the UN yet has adequate whistleblower protections. So to say you will prosecute those who complain is problematic.

Here is what Inner City Press asked on June 20:

Inner City Press: There is within the Department of [Safety and] Security, a widely circulated open letter talking about the management of security. It is a pretty comprehensive view and is addressed to the Secretary-General, delegates, I have spoken to literally dozens of people that have received it. And I wanted to ask you about a particular part of it that goes back to the incident in September where there was a conflict or a misunderstanding between Turkish security and UN security. It talks about Chief David Bongi, saying that he was present, but then criticizing him for doing nothing. It was implicit in that incident that the Secretary-General went ahead and apologized. I wanted to know, what is the response? The letter goes ahead with a lot of other stuff which I won’t go into. Is the Secretary-General aware of this critique from within Security and what is his response to it, particularly on this incident, still, of live controversy within Security about the incident of September?

Spokesperson Martin Nesirky: I don’t have anything for you on that, Matthew. Okay? All right, thanks very much. Have a good afternoon.

  Is Starr's letter, which does not even mention much less address the Turkish "Erdogate" dust up, all the response that there will be? Watch this site.

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