Wolfowitz Catches Hell From Angry World Bank Managers

By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 25, 2007 7:56 AM CDT
World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz, left, holds a closing news conference with Mexico's Secretary of Finance Agustin Carstens, center, and International Monetary Fund Managing Director Rodrigo de Rato,...   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – Top managers at the World Bank held a tense closed-door meeting with Paul Wolfowitz last week, details of which have leaked to the Times. Managing director Graeme Wheeler told the sullied president he would cause “fantastic damage” by staying at the bank, which is facing "the biggest crisis in its history."

Wolfowitz acknowledged he'd lost trust over Riza-gate, but said he wanted to "build that trust back up." But managers stressed that a conservative agenda, not Wolfie's companion, was the issue. "The opposition has been looking for any opportunity to exploit to get him out of there," one former staffer said.