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  • Questions Raised about Obama’s Nominee for U.S. Ambassador to the UN for Management and Reform

    The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is holding confirmation hearings this afternoon for five nominees. One of the nominees, Jide J. Zeitlin, is being nominated to be Representative of the United States to the United Nations for U.N. Management and Reform and to hold the rank of Ambassador. There are a number of issues the Committee should explore during their deliberations on Zeitlin’s nomination.

    As discussed in an article today in The Washington Post, Zeitlin “has faced some financial setbacks and clashes as a private investor, including legal complications involving a telecommunications start-up he owns in India and the bankruptcy of a pharmaceutical company he helped finance.” Specifically, an Indian firm is accusing his company of reneging on a contract to pay for wireless towers in India. An Indian court has ordered the liquidation of his firm to pay for the contract.

    The matter is still being litigated not necessarily unusual—after all, a number of businessmen encounter financial difficulties and wrongfully undergo court action. However, there are other troubling issues in Zeitlin’s background.

    As discussed in The Washington Post article and other news stories, Zeitlin was sued in 2006 by American Tower Corp., a rival company of Zeitlin’s, for impersonating its chief executive and e-mailing negative articles about American Tower to investors with the intent of dissuading them. As the Post describes:

    In 2006, Zeitlin was sued over allegations that he defamed a rival firm, American Tower Corp., and impersonated its chief executive, James D. Taiclet Jr., in cyberspace, according to a complaint in U.S. District Court in Manhattan. American Tower voluntarily withdrew its suit in early 2008 without any financial settlement or public admission of fault by Zeitlin, according to a company statement.

    The complaint alleged that Zeitlin provided a magazine reporter with negative information about American Tower and then forwarded the article to two of the company’s major institutional investors, Thomas D. Stern of Chieftain Capital Management and Nick Advani of Goldman Sachs. It said Zeitlin used an Internet tool that allowed him to falsely identify Taiclet as the e-mail sender.

    American Tower learned of the alleged ruse after Stern sent a reply to the e-mail that went to Taiclet, prompting a company investigation that determined that Zeitlin was the actual author of the e-mail.

    Implausibly, the White House dismissed the incident as a joke gone wrong. Sound familiar?

    Considering the enormous challenge posed in reforming the notoriously mismanaged United Nations, the Senate should focus on sending the best person to oversee UN management and reform.

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    6 Responses to Questions Raised about Obama’s Nominee for U.S. Ambassador to the UN for Management and Reform

    1. Freedom of Speech, T says:

      I disagree. This is the ideal candidate to place with the United Nations. He will fit in just fine.

    2. Roger S., Ma. says:

      These days Washington appears rather full of "jokes gone wrong"?!

      Honest folk would have blushed with embarrassment.

      Those days have passed, alas!

    3. ASLAM, LUCKNOW, INDI says:

      In his hearing the cases against him has been described by him as "garden variety" but the cases are heinious in nature and involving real people who have been cheated for more than a year.

    4. KAUSAR, LUCKNOW, IND says:

      HE IS WANTED BY LUCKNOW POLICE U/S OF FRAUD AND CRIMINAL BREACH OF TRUST. HON. DELHI HIGH COURT HAS ISSUED ORDERS EX PARTE TO LIQUIDATE HIS COMPANY BECAUSE HE DID NOT CARED TO RESPOND TO THE SEVERAL NOTICES SENT TO HIM.

      HOW CAN SUCH A PERSON BE NOMINATED AT SUCH AN IMPORTANT POSITION?

      THIS IS OVERSIGHT OF A SERIOUS NATURE.

    5. M & A Associates says:

      Mr Zeitlin's Independent Mobile infrastructure Pvt Limited is not paying any single penny to Vendors. Despite all this he is shamelessly declaring that IMIL is in good financial health and committed to pay.

      Mr. Jide Zeitlin himself committed so many times to clear the outstandings by Oct 2009, but every time their committments proved to be false as usual. There is no declared official address in India.

      Uttar Pradesh Police recommended the IMIL case to ECONOMIC OFFENCE WING (EOW) to enquire about the financial bungling in IMIL.

      Mr. Jide Zeitlin is wanted by Lucknow police u/s 406 (Criminal breach of Trust) & 420 (Fraud) in FIR no 743/08 dated 29.12.2008 which is lodged by 16 contractors who had worked for IMIL.

    6. Pooja, DC says:

      The lies that this man has told are just horrible, but the thing that I just can't stomach at all, is that he brought his kids to that hearing.

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