Wednesday, 1 December 2010

HuffingtonPost: Putting Crooks On The CIA Payroll


The New York Times reported in October 2009 that “Ahmed Wali Karzai, the brother of the Afghan president and a suspected player in the country’s booming illegal opium trade, gets regular payments from the Central Intelligence Agency, and has for much of the past eight years, according to current and former American officials.”

The Times also reported in August 2010: “The aide to President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan at the center of a politically sensitive corruption investigation is being paid by the Central Intelligence
Agency, according to Afghan and American officials.”

That aide was Mohammed Zia Salehi, the chief of administration for the National Security Council, who was arrested in July after being wiretapped soliciting a bribe from a company suspected of shipping billions of dollars out of the country for Afghan officials, drug smugglers and insurgents. Karzai then had him freed. As the Times put it:

Mr. Salehi’s relationship with the C.I.A. underscores deep contradictions at the heart of the Obama administration’s policy in Afghanistan, with American officials simultaneously demanding that Mr. Karzai root out the corruption that pervades his government while sometimes subsidizing the very people suspected of perpetrating it.

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