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March 5, 2021

Wikileaks: Bogdan Olteanu portrayed as anti-American in a 2007 cable

In a telegram of the US Embassy in Bucharest, the incumbent deputy governor of the National Bank of Romania (BNR), who was, at the time, the Speaker of the Lower Chamber and leader of the National Liberal Party (PNL), was characterized as “anti-American”. Although no explicit reason is given in the cable as to why Bogdan Olteanu was considered anti-American, accounts in the press point to two obvious reasons: Bogdan Olteanu was, in 2006, one of the advocates pleading for the retreat of Romanian troops out of Iraq and he accused the ambassador Nicholas Taubman of corruption. “(…) We anticipate that the offer in the Peter case and the attention of the media will encourage those who criticize the sending of Romanian troops to Iraq and other anti-American politicians, such as the Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, Bogdan Olteanu, to call for the immediate pull-out of Romanian troops,” the cable reads. In response, Bogdan Olteanu stated: “I am persuaded the allegations in question are unfounded”.

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