I haven’t read all the way through the report of the special committee of the Hollinger board of directors into “allegations of fiduciary duty violations and other misconduct”. I have, however, read enough to get an entertaining sense of the thing. As always in these matters, the best stuff is in undeleted internal emails.
Here, for example, is an email between Barbara Amiel Black (the wife of chairman Conrad Black) and Rosemary Millar, who was Lord Black’s personal assistant. The former is asking for money for a favorite charity out of the so-called chairman’s slush fund, only to be told the pot is empty:
Upon being told that the charity budget [was] all spent so any money [would] have to come from Conrad’s private account, Amiel Black responded in a September 24, 2001 e-mail to Millar:
Dear Rosemary: I showed this message to Lord B and he said “Hruumph. Tell Rosemary I’m arbitrarily upping my private charity fund.” I can only relay this to you. He wishes to send five thousand pounds to Elton’s charity. Could you do the necessary and send the cheque to Penny and I’ll geta [sic] note to go with it etc. Many thanks BAB