Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium
On the day Pedro Sanjuan moved into his new office at the UN
Secretariat in 1984, he had the foresight to unscrew his telephone
receiver. Out fell a little packet of high-grade cocaine. It was
the beginning of Sanjuan's long, peculiar odyssey into the
looking-glass world of the United Nations Secretariat.
While serving in a high-ranking UN post, Sanjuan's real mission
was to keep an eye on Soviet espionage activities. Over the years,
the Russians had managed to install nearly four hundred KGB and GRU
agents in strategic positions throughout the Secretariat, and had
turned it into a massive spy facility, operating openly and with
impunity on American soil. But this, it turned out, was only part
of the problem. Sanjuan soon discovered that incompetence,
corruption, anti-Semitism, and outright criminality riddled the UN
Secretariat. While much of what he documents in The UN
Gang is absurdly comical, its seriousness cannot and should
not be overlooked.
More About the Speakers
Pedro A. Sanjuan
Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D.
Founder, Chairman of the Asian Studies Center, and Chung Ju-yung Fellow