Memo Portrays UN Chief Wanting Control, Secrecy

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - A portrait of Ban Ki-moon as a secrecy-obsessed U.N. chief seeking to wrest control of internal investigations emerges from a blistering 50-page confidential memo by his former oversight chief.

The unusual memo by Inga-Britt Ahlenius describes Ban as more concerned with preventing news leaks than with releasing possible
criminal evidence to prosecutors.

She says in the memo, which was obtained by The Associated Press, that she fought Ban's efforts to set up a competing "new investigative capacity" within the U.N.

Ahlenius, the former Swedish auditor general who stepped down last week, says Ban tried to order her office to launch official probes into news leaks, but she resisted.

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