I feel like we’ve been graced with a minor celebrity, maybe. Somebody claiming to be “David Soroko” commented on this piece about the “non-profit” charity IRD and all the great work it did to enrich its owners while also (allegedly) funding the Iraqi insurgency with USAID money. Mr. Soroko, you may remember, was the USAID official who was supposed to be overseeing one of IRD’s contracts, the one where they were allegedly paying for no-show jobs for the insurgents, and then just coincidentally parachuted out of Baghdad as the program was being investigated, landing in a wonderful new gig with a 20% raise at, and the coincidences really start piling up here, IRD. Here’s Mr. Soroko’s comment in full:
David Soroko says:
I was happy to reply:
I actually left out Jay R. Rollins, somebody else who, unless the Post made him up as well, was also risking his life serving in Iraq at the time:
Jay R. Rollins, USAID’s inspector general in Baghdad, came across the same allegations and said he suspected that people were being paid for work they never did.
“We saw a lot of anomalies, discrepancies and evidence that USAID funds were actually going to the insurgents,” Rollins said. “We recommended that they shut down the entire operation.”
But I’m sure there’s a good explanation for his comments as well. I honestly don’t know why “David,” assuming it actually is him, would come here, to a place that’s lucky to get 50 pairs of eyes on it in a day, to complain about a days old piece, rather than to the Post, which reported the story and has a slightly higher readership, but I’m glad he stopped by.