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The UN Gang: A Memoir of Incompetence, Corruption, Espionage, Anti-Semitism and Islamic Extremism at the UN Secretariat

Recorded on September 23, 2005

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.