WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The CIA is making payments to a significant number of officials in Afghan President Hamid Karzai's administration, The Washington Post reported on Friday.
Citing current and former U.S. officials, the paper said the payments were long-standing in many cases and intended to help the agency maintain a source of information within the Afghan government.
Some Karzai aides were CIA informants and others received payments to ensure their accessibility, the Post said, citing a U.S. official who spoke on condition of anonymity.
The CIA payments have continued despite concerns that the agency is backing corrupt officials, the report said.
The Post said CIA spokesman Paul Gimigliano disputed the official's characterization, saying, "This anonymous source appears driven by ignorance, malice or both."
Answer by jewjewbee at 8:15 AM on Aug. 27, 2010
But we are still paying
Maybe cuz O is more like Bush than you hoped?
Answer by jewjewbee at 8:21 AM on Aug. 27, 2010
Answer by jewjewbee at 8:53 AM on Aug. 27, 2010
Answer by Carpy at 10:08 AM on Aug. 27, 2010