Former US ambassador seduced by multi-billion dollar oil deal
It accuses former diplomat Peter Galbraith of putting his private interests above politics.
Galbraith played a key role in helping Kurdistan gain semi-autonomy under Iraq's constitution, which gave the Kurdish regional government control over future oil development in the region.
“[Galbraith] was very influential in the negotiations towards a new constitution which gave very decentralized powers to Iraq and a lot of power to Kurdistan in the north, including the Kurds’ control over the resources to a large degree,” James Paul, executive director of Global Policy Forum, told RT.
“He had a tremendous material interest in the policies that he was proposing. The Kurdish government apparently gave him that interest,” added Paul, “The Kurdish authority found [Galbraith’s] loyalty in securing in advance an assurance that he would follow their interests by following his own interest, which is a multi-billion dollar stake in that particular oil field.”
Peter Galbraith (AFP Photo DDP / Joerg Koch / Germany Out)