WASHINGTON, October 18, 2007—Through an exclusive interview with a United Nations whistleblower, Accuracy in Media editor Cliff Kincaid has uncovered shocking allegations of corruption at the highest levels of the International Seabed Authority, one of the main institutions created by the U.N.‘s Law of the Sea Treaty. The treaty is up for Senate ratification and could be voted on next week. Ratification would authorize the payment of millions of U.S. taxpayer dollars to the controversial U.N. bureaucracy.
Nithi Sam-Thambiah, a former senior staffer in the International Seabed Authority (ISA), tells Kincaid that he was fired for uncovering improper financial payments to top officials, including ISA Secretary-General Satya Nandan. Sam-Thambiah also tells Kincaid that he is willing to testify before the Senate about this corruption and will provide documentary evidence proving his charges.
He explains that, “?because of my capacity as chief of finance and administration, I had a better idea of what was going on and the payments that were being made. I was in an advantageous position because I saw the money coming in and where the money was going. And when I started looking into it, management got very uncomfortable.”
Kincaid is urging the media to cover the allegations of corruption before the treaty is voted on and the U.S. finds itself subsidizing another U.N. bureaucracy mired in another financial scandal. He is also urging the American people to contact the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and their individual Senators as soon as possible so that a hearing can be held into the charges of fraud and mismanagement at the ISA.
Further details of Kincaid’s interview with Sam-Thambiah are available in his report, “Blowing the Whistle on U.N. Corruption.”