Paul D. Wolfowitz has been strenuously defending himself over claims r…

Paul D. Wolfowitz has been strenuously defending himself over claims regarding his ethics and said that it would be “unjust and frankly hypocritical” for the World Bank, which he heads, to find such lapses.

The New York Times reported on Wolfowitz’s appearance before a committee of the bank’s board of directors and going on the attack after weeks of silence, Mr. Wolfowitz also charged that he had been the victim of “orchestrated leaks of false, misleading, incomplete and personal information” intended to “undermine my effectiveness as president.”

“The goal of this smear campaign, I believe, is to create a self-fulfilling prophecy that I am an ineffective leader and must step down for that reason alone, even if the ethics charges are unwarranted,” he said. “I, for one, will not give in to such tactics. And I will not resign in the face of a plainly bogus charge of conflict of interest.”

Mr. Wolfowitz’s lawyer released his client’s comments in a statement on Monday.

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