Aide To Hamid Karzai Linked To Corruption Probe, On CIA Payroll

Honestly, this does not surprise me.  The CIA has been shown to interfere in governments the world over ever since it was formed.  And the hyperactivity as it relates to the “War On Terror” by the CIA shows an increasing amount of cross over into our military (or a more open cross over).

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An aide to Afghan President Hamid Karzai at the center of a corruption probe is on the CIA payroll, The New York Times reported, citing Afghan and U.S. officials.

Mohammed Zia Salehi, an Afghan National Security Council official, appears to have been paid by the U.S. spy agency for many years, officials in Kabul and Washington told the Times.

The Times said it was unclear whether Salehi was being paid for information, or to advance U.S. views inside the Karzai administration, or both.

Salehi was arrested by Afghan police in July but released after Karzai intervened.

Salehi’s relationship with the CIA underscores deep contradictions at the heart of the Obama administration’s policy in Afghanistan, the newspaper said.

Karzai is under pressure from the Obama administration to do more to root out corruption in his government to shore up the legitimacy of his government.

Washington believes a successful counterinsurgency strategy in Afghanistan hinges on winning Afghan public support for the government in Kabul and sidelining the Taliban.


Now, Karzai does not seem ready to admit that the CIA part is true, however his intervention in the arrest/detention of this person is well documented.

The New York Times reported earlier this week that an aide to Afghan President Hamid Karzai that was arrested for corruption was being paid by the CIA. The leader has come out against this statement, calling it a tactic by the U.S. to destabilize his government.

The move comes amidst ever increasing tension between Karzai and the U.S., with relations souring due to the coming Afghan election on September 18, the release of aide Mohammed Zia Salehi after he was arrested on suspicion of corruption, and the order for all private security firms in the country to be out within the next four months.

“We strongly condemn such irresponsible publicity which creates suspicion and doubt and discredits officials of our country,” Reuters quoted a statement from his office.

“This is part of the routine politics of foreign newsmongering outlets and their spy agencies who try to influence other nations.”


Indeed, what he is reported to have said is absolutely correct.  The news serves the same interest as the CIA:  people with the money.

Regardless, this will be an interesting story, if it develops.  He will either have to eat crow, or he will resign, unless the story gets buried.  We will see.

Additional link:  story pointed to me by ATS user Boondock Saint.


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