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Hamid Karzai confirms CIA payments to Afghan government

Hamid Karzai has confirmed that his government received money from the CIA, after reports that tens of millions of dollars were delivered to the Afghan president over the past decade.

by Rob Crilly, The Telegraph:

Cash stuffed into suitcases, backpacks and even plastic shopping bags were sent to Kabul by the US intelligence agency with the aim of retaining influence, but may instead have fuelled corruption and ended up in the pockets of warlords, the New York Times reported.

Mr Karzai confirmed in a statement on Monday that the National Security Council, which is part of the president’s office, had accepted payments that he said were used for good causes.

“Yes, the NSC of Afghanistan has received money from CIA in the past 10 years. The amount was not big, rather it was small,” he said.

Khalil Roman, who served as Mr Karzai’s deputy chief of staff from 2002 until 2005 told the New York Times: “We called it ‘ghost money’. It came in secret, and it left in secret.”

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