The aide to President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan is at the center of a politically sensitive corruption investigation is being paid by the Central Intelligence Agency, according to Afghan and American officials.
Mohammed Zia Salehi, the chief of administration for the National Security Council, appears to have been on the payroll for many years, according to officials in Kabul and Washington. It is unclear exactly what Mr. Salehi does in exchange for his money.
Arrange suicide bombings? Roadside bombings? Other covert ops that can be blamed on the Taliban to justify the ongoing occupation? Just a thought or two...
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
That can't be a coincidence? The CIA subsidizing the people perpetrating the corruption.
This is interesting? Ahmed Wali Karzai, plays a role in the booming opium trade, is on the CIA payroll and American officials did not press for his removal?????
Other prominent Afghans who American officials have said were on the C.I.A.’s payroll include the president’s half brother, Ahmed Wali Karzai, suspected by investigators of playing a role in Afghanistan’s booming opium trade. Earlier this year, American officials did not press Mr. Karzai to remove his brother from his post as the chairman of the Kandahar provincial council. Mr. Karzai denies any monetary relationship with the C.I.A. and any links to the drug trade.
So how is he serving his CIA masters?
And in a classic example of speaking while saying nothing the CIA spokesman says-
“The C.I.A. works hard to advance the full range of U.S. policy objectives in Afghanistan,” said Paul Gimigliano, a spokesman for the agency. “Reckless allegations from anonymous sources don’t change that reality in the slightest."
What are the full range of US policy objectives? Drug trafficking? Spreading heroin far and wide?
It would seem so, given the connection between the CIA and their man in the booming opium trade.
Is a US policy objective to keeping Afghanistan in chaos? Making the people's lives a misery?
Reckless allegations from anonymous sources don't change that reality in the slightest?
Reckless allegation my be reckless, but that does not make them wrong. What does that statement mean? Of course allegations, can't change the reality. But, what is the reality?
It would seem the reality of Afghanistan and the picture painted via the media are two very different creatures.