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Salt Lake Committee Releases Memo

May 26, 2000

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) _ The Salt Lake Organizing Committee on Friday released a memo written in the early 1990s that was an apparent blueprint for influencing International Olympic Committee members.

The so-called ``geld memo″ details the personalities and family needs of IOC members ahead of Salt Lake’s winning bid for the 2002 Winter Olympics.

SLOC president Mitt Romney has advocated releasing the 28-page memo for weeks but was hesitant to do so, citing a Justice Department investigation.

On Thursday, however, the Justice Department said prosecutors wouldn’t seek an indictment against the SLOC as an organization, based on current evidence.

Romney said in a statement Friday that he hadn’t seen the memo’s contents but that he ``will let the document speak for itself.″

The memo uses shorthand and sometimes blunt language to describe IOC members. Of ex-Finnish IOC member Pirjo Haeggman, for instance, the memo says: ``Husband needs a job.″

Her former husband, Bjarne, received $35,000 from the bid committee for producing a study on forestry that no one apparently read. He also worked for 20 months in an Ontario government job initiated by the Toronto committee bidding for the 1996 Summer Games, which also paid $650-a-month rent for a house for the family in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.

Pirjo Haeggman resigned from the IOC in the wake of an investigation.

The memo says simply ``geld″ _ the German word for money _ next to other IOC members’ names. It wasn’t immediately clear what that meant or if those members were paid.


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